Crop progress report 05/22: Continued wet, cool weather throughout Washington


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

In San Juan County, there were some delays in spring grain due to excessive rain. Spring barley was planted in fields where beets overwintered. In Snohomish County, several dry days brought out farmers with grass hay to cut. Conditions were still too wet for dry hay, but the grass silage bale wrappers were spinning rapidly through the weekend. There were still lots of warm season crops waiting for soil temperatures to rise more before they hit the ground.

In Yakima County, conditions for fruit growth were a bit slow this spring as key insect pests such as codling moth and western cherry fruit fly began to fly about. Vegetable crops, such as cucurbits and corn seedlings, began to emerge. Tomatoes and melons were being transplanted into fields. Grapevines and hop bines were putting on more growth, and the first cutting of alfalfa started.

In Douglas County, the Waterville plateau received much needed moisture from the last several storms that went through the area. Crop conditions looked above average for this time of year. In Adams County, precipitation was spotty throughout the area, but it was enough to maintain soil moisture and crop conditions.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
4% poor
34% fair
55% good
6% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
11% fair
83% good
3% excellent

0% very poor
2% poor
14% fair
83% good
1% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
96% this week
91% last week
100% last year
96% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
66% this week
58% last week
86% last year
81% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
7% this week
2% last week
23% last year
24% 5-year average

Barley planted:
94% this week
89% last week
99% last year
90% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
69% this week
44% last week
82% last year
73% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
91% this week
86% last week
88% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
65% this week
35% last week
68% last year
66% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
16% this week
NA last week
23% last year
30% 5-year average