Crop progress report 05/31: Rain, thunder on May 30 stormed across Washington


There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 5.0 the previous week.

Western Washington had heavy showers and cool weather. Planting was interrupted and slowed. Crops already planted were in good condition. Grass growth benefited from the weather. Dairies took their first cutting of hay. San Juan County had ideal conditions of both rain and sun. Farmers had early hay and haylage harvest. Snohomish County producers had their first baleage taken off, and field corn planted before the rainstorm last weekend. Greens and radishes were harvested on farmer’s market operations.

Temperatures warmed through the last week in Yakima County. Saturday’s storm had wind gusts up to 70 mph, which knocked down trees, disrupted power to homes and blew down fruit bin piles. First fruit harvest of the season started with field crews color-picking sweet cherries. The hop crop was progressing well with some plants reaching six feet on their trellises and other plants starting to climb. Asparagus harvest continued. The first cutting of alfalfa hay neared completion.

Northeast Washington had fair weather with warming temperatures. Fewer potato and onion producers in Lincoln County planted their crops. Heavy rains helped soil moisture and cereal crop conditions. The Palouse had hot temperatures followed by the weekend thunderstorm on May 30. Some crop damage was reported in Walla Walla and Columbia counties due to wind, rain and hail.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
13% fair
67% good
18% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
5% poor
14% fair
67% good
14% excellent

0% very poor
6% poor
9% fair
73% good
12% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
20% fair
79% good
1% excellent

Dried edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
9% fair
76% good
15% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat emerged:
90% this week
87% last week
83% last year
91% 5-year average

Spring wheat headed:
5% this week
NA last week
0% last year
4% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
55% this week
28% last week
44% last year
58% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
85% this week
82% last week
68% last year
83% 5-year average

Barley headed:
5% this week
NA last week
0% last year
4% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
59% this week
55% last week
43% last year
62% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
61% this week
44% last week
39% last year
56% 5-year average