Crop progress report 04/29: More crops in the ground in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 7 days the previous week.

Areas of western Washington saw rain that helped improve the soil profile.

Central Washington had continued cool, dry weather. In Douglas County, intermittent rain showers provided moisture but interfered with weed spraying. In Yakima County, a few varieties of apples were in petal fall, but most varieties were in post bloom. Grapes showed good vine growth, and cherries were developing fruit. Asparagus harvest started early this season but was still going strong. Vegetable crops were planted through black plastic.

In northeast Washington, a heavy frost hurt alfalfa, but nothing was killed. Pend Oreille and Spokane counties received moisture. Some ranchers were turning out livestock, and planting was well underway.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
4% very poor
8% poor
32% fair
52% good
4% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
76% this week
60% last week
67% last year
73% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
38% this week
18% last week
30% last year
38% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
0% this week
0% last week
0% last year
1% 5-year average

Barley planted:
70% this week
52% last week
47% last year
62% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
24% this week
4% last week
10% last year
25% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
42% this week
22% last week
22% last year
49% 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
9% this week
1% last week
3% last year
NA 5-year average