Crop progress report 05/14: Spring crops planted, warmer weather reported in Washington


There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 5.8 days last week.

Western Washington had some grass growth, but the warm weather slowed the growth. In San Juan County, grass was heading even though it was too short to cut for hay.

Central Washington had a great week for farming. Tractors cultivated, seeded and sprayed while cattle were let out into nice looking spring pastures. In Yakima County, there was no precipitation in the crop-producing areas, allowing asparagus harvest to continue. Hops worked their way up the trellis, with the more advanced hops reaching hip height on the trellis. First cuttings on fields of alfalfa hay were underway. Nickel-sized apricot fruit was found in orchards, while apple and pear fruit formed in clusters and grew upright. Green cherry fruit was abundant this year throughout the county, and warm weather during bloom appeared to allow for great pollination and fruit set. Cucumbers, squash, watermelons and onions were emerging.

In northeast Washington, dry conditions were suitable for planting, but there was no moisture in the forecast. Pasture conditions were doing well, and most cattle were out on pasture.

In east central Washington, crops looked good, but more rain was needed. Spring planting finished up. In Franklin County, fieldwork occurred throughout the irrigated half of the county while spraying occurred on the dryland half. In Adams County, with the hot and dry conditions, topsoil moisture was reduced.

Southeast Washington received rain in the past couple weeks, but more rain was needed. Spring planting was finishing up.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
8% poor
27% fair
60% good
4% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
7% poor
23% fair
68% good
2% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
95% this week
89% last week
90% last year
92% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
72% this week
52% last week
57% last year
70% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
6% this week
1% last week
2% last year
8% 5-year average

Barley planted:
88% this week
76% last week
87% last year
84% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
62% this week
35 last week
42% last year
58% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
74% this week
65% last week
84% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
25% this week
16% last week
33% last year
45% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
5% this week
NA last week
NA last year
11% 5-year average