Crop progress report 0513: Washington alfalfa was ready to cut, while some cattle ventured towards mountains


There were 5.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 68 percent good and 12 percent excellent. A low temperature of 36 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 90 degrees F was reported in the northeast and western regions. Statewide temperature differential ranged from 3 degrees to 11 degrees above normal.

Grain crops and seed crops emerged on the Olympic Peninsula and in northwest Washington. The first cutting of alfalfa was taken last week with lighter production due to previous cold, wet weather. Livestock in this area continued to be on pasture.

San Juan and Snohomish Counties reported continuing apple blooms that started to taper off, while cane berries were forming buds and blooming. Manure spreading continued in grass fields. Compared to previous years, Skagit County was approximately three weeks behind the usual fieldwork tasks due to the extended rain. This week, producers tackled this lag with longer, sunnier days aiding them.

Klickitat County had spring planting nearly complete, while orchards and vineyards were irrigated and sprayed. Cattle herds were preparing for their mountain drives. Asparagus, rhubarb, and chives were harvested and sold at markets in Yakima. Producers were planting vegetable hills. Hop vines continued to grow up the trellises, while peach and nectarine fields were being thinned.

Corn and bean plantings surged ahead in Franklin County.

Flooding from the Pend Oreille River affected hay and cattle producers in Pend Oreille County. Flooding was also reported in Okanagan County. Heavy rains for two days this last week increased soil moisture in Columbia and Walla Walla Counties. Almost all crops were planted in those counties.


Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
12% fair
65% good
20% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
25% fair
74% good
0% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
19% fair
81% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
94% this week
83% last week
80% last year
94% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
65% this week
49% last week
54% last year
79% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
5% this week
4% last week
5% last year
14% 5-year average

Barley planted:
70% this week
66% last week
73% last year
87% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
57% this week
37% last week
48% last year
68% 5-year average

Oats planted:
47% this week
25% last week
36% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
20% this week
15% last week
2% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
72% this week
57% last week
48% last year
75% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
32% this week
22% last week
14% last year
NA 5-year average

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