Crop progress report 05/23: A little precipitation throughout Washington


There were 6.8 days suitable for field work, down from 7 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures in Washington for the week ending May 23 were below normal.

In western Washington, the weather was favorable for farming. Ground preparation for planting was excellent. Areas within the Marshland Flood Control District received hail. In Jefferson and King counties, blueberries and flowers were hit hard by hail. Some blueberries lost a low percentage of the blossoms and set fruit. In Snohomish County, field corn grew incredibly quick.

In central Washington, most farmers were winding down planting. Warm season crops were transplanted, while green harvest continued. In Yakima County, precipitation occurred late in the week. Black plastic was laid down over vegetable beds, and a few more were planted with peppers, tomatoes and squash. First cutting of alfalfa hay continued, and alfalfa hay bales aged in the field.

In east central Washington, conditions remained dry. In Douglas County, a cool front moved through the region and provided some temperature relief and a little precipitation. In Stevens County, heavy frost throughout the night and early mornings caused damage to wheat, alfalfa and barley.

In southeast Washington, a few areas received rain, but remained dry overall. In Whitman County, producers were concerned that pasture would dry before growing and being used.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
4% very poor
14% poor
39% fair
42% good
1% excellent

Spring wheat:
7% very poor
32% poor
38% fair
22% good
1% excellent

6% very poor
21% poor
48% fair
25% good
0% excellent

Dry edible peas:
4% very poor
16% poor
55% fair
25% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat emerged:
86% this week
84% last week
86% last year
83% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
25% this week
10% last week
27% last year
32% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
82% this week
79% last week
80% last year
74% 5-year average

Oats planted:
82% this week
70% last week
94% last year
75% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
50% this week
34% last week
54% last year
44% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
89% this week
85% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
69% this week
65% last week
94% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
25% this week
10% last week
42% last year
39% 5-year average

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