Crop progress report 0512: Washington livestock on pastures with warm weather


There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.9 the previous week. Livestock were on pastures in Western Washington. Most ranchers finished calving and first cut of haylage was harvested. Vegetable growers along the Puget Sound transplanted seedlings. There were some operations that baled dry hay—the earliest for dry hay in recent memory.

San Juan County was dry. Apples finished blooming, livestock was on pasture, and vegetable plantings wrapped up. Skagit County was dry. Snohomish County had plenty of tillage and planting activity. First silage corn was planted. Pastures were renovated.

Warm temperatures in Douglas and Chelan counties helped fall crops and pastures. Livestock was released onto pasture. Kittitas and Yakima counties received zero precipitation. Spring wheat and barley started to emerge in Klickitat County. Producers started spraying alfalfa. Vegetable crews in Yakima County laid down black plastic and irrigation. Pepper and cucumbers were transplanted. Corn emerged and received irrigation. Asparagus harvest continued. Lower Yakima Valley cherries had a good set progressing. Wine grapes had approximately one foot of shoot growth. Hops worked their way up trellises.

Franklin County had no precipitation. The first cutting of alfalfa and triticale greenchop were being harvested all week. Beans, sweet corn and field corn were planted. Adams and Lincoln counties had warm and dry conditions which affected soil moisture.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
34% fair
54% good
11% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
16% fair
79% good
4% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
15% fair
82% good
3% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
81% this week
72% last week
92% last year
92% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
63% this week
34% last week
63% last year
73% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
3% this week
2% last week
5% last year
12% 5-year average

Barley planted:
71% this week
61% last week
69% last year
81% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
43% this week
33% last week
54% last year
62% 5-year average

Oats planted:
44% this week
36% last week
44% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
28% this week
8% last week
19% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
67% this week
49% last week
70% last year
72% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
11% this week
NA last week
31% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
15% this week
1% last week
3% last year
NA 5-year average