Crop progress report 05/07: Some rain but good growth in Washington


There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 7 days reported last week.

Western Washington saw good grass growth and leafing out on raspberry and blueberry plants. Farmers continued to prepare fields for planting. In Skagit County, activities were behind because of the cold and wet spring conditions. Some parts of central Washington saw precipitation during the week but mostly warm temperatures.

In the upper Yakima Valley, cherries, apples and pears were in full bloom. In the lower Yakima Valley, cherries, peaches, plums and pears were well into post-bloom. Most apples were post-bloom, with a few varieties still in the advanced stages of bloom. Wine and juice grape canes put on about a foot of growth and were still standing upright. Hops bines started to work their way up the trellis, but some hop yards were burned back as producers sought to extend the hop harvest times. Asparagus harvest was in full swing, and vegetable crews laid out irrigation and black plastic. Warm weather encouraged grass growth, and cattle were out grazing.

In northeast Washington, there were scattered thunderstorms, and cattle were moved out onto spring pasture. In east central Washington, producers saw some precipitation that improved soil moisture and condition. In Douglas County, producers with snow mold kill have re-seeded spring wheat.

Southeast Washington received much needed rain.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
2% very poor
8% poor
24% fair
63% good
3% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
89% this week
74% last week
84% last year
85% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
52% this week
38% last week
48% last year
57% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
1% this week
NA last week
NA last year
3% 5-year average

Barley planted:
76% this week
55% last week
74% last year
76% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
35% this week
12% last week
28% last year
45% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
65% this week
25% last week
70% last year
70% 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
16% this week
4% last week
22% last year
NA 5-year average