Crop progress report 0519: Rainy week for Washington reported


There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 7.0 the previous week.

Producers in Grays Harbor, Lewis and Pacific counties cut haylage and drier hay. Pastures were drier than average with livestock on fields that were usually too wet to graze. There were several reports of fires in Lewis County. The first cutting of haylage wrapped up around the Puget Sound. Most producers finished planting corn. Irrigation started. Planting was interrupted by rain, with most areas receiving more than an inch of precipitation. Field tillage stopped for a couple days. Corn was three or four inches tall. A few producers in Thurston County harvested dry bales. San Juan County was cool and wet.

Livestock were on pasture and the first few cuttings of haylage were completed. CSA growers continued to transition vegetable starts to open air plantings and high tunnels. Apples were done blooming. Skagit County dried out. Chelan and Douglas counties had a few days of rain. Klickitat County had wet and cool weather. Spring planting wrapped up.

There were overcast conditions in Yakima County for the week. Asparagus harvest continued. Orchard crews started fruit thinning in apricot and peach orchards. Grapes were settling flower clusters. Sweet corn plants were about a foot tall. Crews were training hop plants to trellis on strings. Cool conditions interrupted alfalfa hay cuttings. Cucumbers, peppers and summer squash were transplanted into rows with black plastic.

Franklin County had a couple rain showers. Sweet corn and field corn were planted. Triticale for silage was harvested along with asparagus. Douglas County had significant rainfall. The Palouse also received rain. Spring crops were emerging.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
27% fair
64% good
8% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
0% poor
24% fair
65% good
11% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
18% fair
68% good
14% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
87% this week
81% last week
96% last year
97% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
69% this week
63% last week
74% last year
85% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
10% this week
3% last week
31% last year
29% 5-year average

Barley planted:
77% this week
71% last week
83% last year
91% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
55% this week
43% last week
71% last year
76% 5-year average

Oats planted:
65% this week
44% last week
70% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
34% this week
28% last week
26% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
78% this week
67% last week
79% last year
85% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
54% this week
11% last week
60% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
30% this week
15% last week
26% last year
29% 5-year average