Crop progress report 05/12: Sunshine in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6 days the previous week.

In western Washington, the weather began to warm up and was ideal for planting. Producers were busy getting their new grass and corn plantings in.

Central Washington had rain at the beginning of the week in some areas but became warm and dry. In Yakima County, asparagus harvest had peaked. More vegetable fields were planted with peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers going in under black plastic. Field corn was starting to emerge in a few areas. The sweet cherry crop was sizing up nicely with oblong green fruit. Apple and pear trees had a good set of fruit. Grape vines and hop bines stood upright, growing toward the sun.

Pend Oreille and Spokane counties had cattle out on pasture. Most spring crops were planted in east central Washington and southeast Washington except for some areas with corn planting still underway. High winds prevented spraying in some areas. 

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
6% very poor
11% poor
37% fair
42% good
4% excellent

Spring wheat:
2% very poor
5% poor
38% fair
46% good
9% excellent

Barley:
2% very poor
3% poor
34% fair
56% good
5% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
98% this week
90% last week
93% last year
90% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
77% this week
54% last week
66% last year
67% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
8% this week
1% last week
5% last year
5% 5-year average

Barley planted:
95% this week
82% last week
85% last year
85% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
70% this week
48% last week
54% last year
55% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
91% this week
62% last week
71% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
42% this week
18% last week
22% last year
37% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
3 this week
0% last week
4% last year
8% 5-year average

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