Crop progress report 05/15: Cooler temperatures throughout Washington

From NASS

There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 4.6 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal.

In San Juan County, cool and rainy weather continued throughout the area. Only a few acres of grass were harvested due to the weather preventing farmers from getting in fields. In Clark County, more rain occurred during the spring than it had in several years. Pastures looked good but needed more warmth. In Snohomish County, very few fields were planted with corn due to moisture conditions. Vegetable growers planted squash and tomatoes to get them out of the greenhouses and into the ground. Soil temperatures were still too cold for much growth to take place on warm season crops.

In Yakima County, all varieties of apples were in post bloom. Apricots sized and began to put on a nice blush. Field crews harvested asparagus. Growers laid down more black plastic, and many of the fields were transplanted with vegetable crops. Hops started to work their way up the trellis with some yards showing knee-high bines.

In Adams County, precipitation was light and scattered throughout the area. It was enough to maintain soil moisture and crop conditions.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
4% poor
34% fair
56% good
5% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
29% fair
67% good
1% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
91% this week
86% last week
97% last year
91% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
58% this week
49% last week
81% last year
71% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
2% this week
NA last week
9% last year
11% 5-year average

Barley planted:
89% this week
75% last week
96% last year
83% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
44% this week
30% last week
76% last year
62% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
86% this week
72% last week
83% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
35% this week
23% last week
62% last year
46% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
NA this week
NA last week
9% last year
15% 5-year average