Crop progress report 0520: Flooding reported in Okanogan, Ferry counties while fair conditions prevailed in rest of Washington


There were 5.1 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 62 percent good and 11 percent excellent. A low temperature of 40 degrees F was reported in the southeast region, while a high temperature of 94 degrees F was also reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differential ranged from 3 degrees to 13 degrees above normal.

The Olympic Peninsula had favorable weather that increased all crop plantings. First cutting of hay was almost complete in western Washington. San Juan County reported that pasture grass was starting to boot, and the livestock on pasture were keeping up with the grass growth. Fruit crops were being thinned and legumes were blooming in San Juan County.

Some operations in Skagit and San Juan counties were setting up supplemental irrigation systems for the dry summer. Over the mountains, Okanogan and Ferry counties suffered from intense flooding. More than 1,500 acres of Okanogan hay ground was flooded or had irrigation cut off due to infrastructure withdraws or submerged electrical switches. About 300 acres of orchard ground had standing water. Ferry County had 1,300 acres of hay and pasture ground under water. Orchardists in these counties were unable to spray.

Winter wheat was showing winter kill in shallower soil profiles. Crusting from recent rains in Klickitat County caused some producers to reseed. Asparagus harvest continued, corn planting progressed, and potato planting wrapped up in Franklin County.

Douglas County reported pea weevils higher than normal in several winter pea fields around Waterville. Some spring crops were crested in Columbia and Walla Walla counties.

The Palouse reported good conditions regarding precipitation and temperature.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
10% fair
78% good
11% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
13% fair
85% good
1% excellent

0% very poor
1% poor
14% fair
85% good
0% excellent

0% very poor
13% poor
65% fair
22% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
96% this week
94% last week
93% last year
98% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
75% this week
65% last week
76% last year
90% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
35% this week
5% last week
13% last year
29% 5-year average

Barley planted:
85% this week
70% last week
86% last year
94% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
73% this week
57% last week
70% last year
81% 5-year average

Oats planted:
74% this week
47% last week
42% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
27% this week
20% last week
22% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
80% this week
72% last week
76% last year
88% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
65% this week
32% last week
42% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
30% this week
3% last week
21% last year
31% 5-year average