Crop progress report 05/08: Days for fieldwork down in Washington


There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 5.2 the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal.

In San Juan County, cool and rainy weather continued throughout the area. Field conditions impacted crop planting, grass growth and first cuttings of hay. In Benton County, hop bines grew up the trellis system, and hop yard irrigation tubes were rolled out. Some vegetable growers started setting transplants of peppers and cucumbers on black plastic. In Yakima County, late-maturing apple varieties were still straggling bloom, but most orchards were well past bloom. There was a lighter-than-average fruit set in some cherry orchards in the lower Yakima Valley. Asparagus was harvested with some crops delayed by the late-season frosts. In Stevens County, there were cool days with moderate rain events last week.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
3% poor
40% fair
52% good
4% excellent

Spring wheat:
2% very poor
2% poor
42% fair
52% good
2% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
86% this week
75% last week
88% last year
84% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
49% this week
40% last week
65% last year
58% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
NA this week
NA last week
3% last year
4% 5-year average

Barley planted:
75% this week
65% last week
85% last year
75% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
30% this week
17% last week
61% last year
49% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
72% this week
59% last week
72% last year
65% 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
23% this week
18% last week
47% last year
NA 5-year average