Crop progress report 0527: Superb growing condition in Washington with some weevils, rust in Klickitat, Whitman counties


There were 6.6 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 57 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 40 degrees F was reported in the central region, while a high temperature of 93 degrees F was also reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differential ranged from 1 degrees to 12 degrees above normal.

Producers were busy finishing planting in northwestern Washington. Fruit was setting on raspberries in Whatcom County. San Juan County reported livestock on pasture and grasses booting. Berries were blooming and apples were developing. Pears were starting to bloom in San Juan County.

Wheat and other grain crops were thriving across the state. Chelan, Spokane, Douglas, Pend Oreille, Columbia and Walla Walla counties all reported strong improvement in their winter wheat crops.

Asparagus harvest continued in Yakima County. Corn was knee-height; hops were six to ten feet tall up the trellises. Field crews were weeding, hoeing and thinning apricot orchards. Sweet cherries were coloring. Mylar tape was being placed in orchards for bird management.

Franklin County reported exceptional potato progress. Sweet cherries were turning color, and asparagus was being harvested. Winter canola is approaching petal drop in Douglas County. Klickitat County had aggressive alfalfa weevils, which required multiple pesticide applications by some operators. The excess moisture in Whitman County has led to rust in the wheat crops. Two large downpours in Colton and Garfield resulted in some damage in wheat fields.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
14% fair
65% good
19% excellent

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
1% poor
23% fair
8725% good
3% excellent

0% very poor
1% poor
18% fair
79% good
2% excellent

0% very poor
13% poor
49% fair
38% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat emerged:
91% this week
75% last week
81% last year
94% 5-year average

Spring wheat headed:
2% this week
NA last week
0% last year
1% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
45% this week
35% last week
35% last year
49% 5-year average

Barley planted:
96% this week
85% last week
91% last year
98% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
77% this week
73% last week
75% last year
90% 5-year average

Barley headed:
1% this week
NA last week
1% last year
2% 5-year average

Oats planted:
90% this week
74% last week
51% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
63% this week
27% last week
29% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats headed:
10% this week
1% last week
1% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
98% this week
80% last week
85% last year
94% 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
74% this week
65% last week
55% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
38% this week
30% last week
38% last year
46% 5-year average