Crop progress report 0429: Sunny, warm days in Washington


There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 2 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 57 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 26 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 92 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. The statewide temperature differential ranged from 2 to 10 degrees above normal.

The Olympic Peninsula reported that excessive standing surface water was absorbed and field work continued due to fair weather. However, fields were still too saturated for fertilizer applications. San Juan County reported the first vegetable crops were being planted in open sites and high tunnels, berries came to leaf, and plum blossoms were in popcorn stage. Snohomish County had manure spreading in grass fields and fruit trees were still blooming.

The north central region of the state reported that the 2017 winter wheat drought areas were developing thin, unhealthy stands this crop year. Low temperatures in the Yakima Valley caused fruit growers to use frost control measures on their orchards. Nearly all fruit trees were in post-bloom stage, and asparagus harvest was in full-swing. Cattle in Klickitat County were being prepared for drives to mountain ranges and summer sites. Douglas County reported that fields were being worked and crops were sprayed due to the drier conditions. Areas of the Palouse reported seeding being completed or behind. Others reported that spring wheat and canola were reseeded due to hot, dry weather and soil crusting.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
22% fair
63% good
13% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
78% this week
39% last week
47% last year
77% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
30% this week
5% last week
10% last year
44% 5-year average

Barley planted:
57% this week
14% last week
27% last year
60% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
18% this week
1% last week
4% last year
30% 5-year average

Oats planted:
17% this week
7% last week
18% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
40% this week
17% last week
30% last year
51% 5-year average