Crop progress report 04/30: Warm Washington weather


There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 5.8 days the previous week.

Western Washington saw warmer temperatures and improved pasture growth. Spring planted crops emerged, and grass growth was noticeable. Berry farmers laid out irrigation piping, and newly planted strawberries emerged.

Central Washington also saw warmer temperatures, and spring work was underway. Grass was growing, and cattle were out grazing. Yakima County saw no precipitation throughout the week, and nighttime temperatures stayed above freezing. Cherries, plums, apples and pears were mostly in full bloom, while apricots were in postbloom. Asparagus harvest had started, and small reddish leaves were unfurling on grape canes. Vegetable growers put irrigation lines under black plastic, with some black plastic beds already receiving transplants.

It was an excellent week for farmers to plant crops in northeast Washington, and the warm temperatures improved pasture growth. Southeast Washington saw warmer weather and started their spring work as well.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
8% poor
33% fair
54% good
4% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
74% this week
48% last week
75% last year
77% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
38% this week
10% last week
38% last year
43% 5-year average

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

Barley planted:
55% this week
27% last week
64% last year
66% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
12% this week
4% last week
16% last year
31% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
25% this week
13% last week
56% last year
3957 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
4% this week
1% last week
16% last year
NA 5-year average