Crop progress report 05/02: Dry, Warm Conditions Continued in Washington


There were 6.7 days suitable for field work, up from 6.5 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures in Washington for the week ending May 2 were above normal.

In western Washington, the weather was great for farming. Some field tillage and planting were done due to the dry soils. Cover crops harvested by dairymen were lighter than normal. In Jefferson and King counties, corn was planted, and ground preparation was coming along. Fruit trees were finishing up bloom with apples being last. In San Juan County, some barley planting was done due to late drying fields. Flowers and fruit benefitted from the weather.

In central Washington, dry and warm conditions continued. In Yakima County, spraying was almost impossible due to high winds. The lack of precipitation had a noticeable effect on all crops, but crops looked good. Apple and pear trees started to form fruit, and asparagus harvest continued. More vegetable fields were prepared for transplant.

In southeast Washington, rain was needed, and conditions remained dry. In Garfield and Asotin counties, a D2 drought designation was near due to lack of precipitation in the past couple of weeks.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
2% very poor
8% poor
33% fair
53% good
4% excellent

Spring wheat:
2% very poor
18% poor
29% fair
50% good
1% excellent

3% very poor
13% poor
39% fair
45% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
86% this week
80% last week
91% last year
75% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
63% this week
55% last week
75% last year
43% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
1% this week
NA last week
4% last year
5% 5-year average

Barley planted:
82% this week
78% last week
86% last year
58% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
58% this week
53% last week
51% last year
30% 5-year average

Oats planted:
50% this week
31% last week
66% last year
36% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
5% this week
1% last week
21% last year
14% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
69% this week
63% last week
88% last year
55% 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
44% this week
13% last week
35% last year
NA 5-year average