Crop progress report 05/02: Cold and wet conditions throughout Washington


There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 4.4 the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal.

In San Juan County, cool and rainy weather was present throughout the area. Fields were too wet for any work to take place. Many vegetable seed and grain growers were behind with spring planting. Grass fields were thin, and conditions worsened. In Clark County, cold and wet conditions continued throughout the week. Cold weather hindered pasture growth, and warm days were needed.

In Chelan County, soil moisture recovered enough where drought was not evident. Spring field work progressed quickly across several counties. Orchardists were still evaluating the impacts from snow and freeze events in April. In Yakima County, apple trees ranged from full bloom to petal fall throughout the week. Vegetable growers prepared the ground to receive seed while some fields had already been furnished with irrigation tubes and black plastic. Field crews finished stringing up most trellises, while hops binds had begun to break the surface in search of something to climb up.

In Douglas County, cool and wet weather helped winter wheat and range conditions. Crops were being seeded, but at a slow pace due to heavy rains.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
2% very poor
6% poor
38% fair
51% good
3% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
75% this week
73% last week
85% last year
74% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
40% this week
24% last week
62% last year
41% 5-year average

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

Barley planted:
65% this week
59% last week
81% last year
62% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
17% this week
10% last week
57% last year
31% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
59% this week
41% last week
68% last year
54% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
18% this week
2% last week
40% last year
NA 5-year average