Crop progress report 06/01: Much Needed Precipitation Throughout Washington 

From NASS 

There were 7 days suitable for field work, up from 6.8 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending May 30 were below normal.

In western Washington, rainstorms provided much needed precipitation. Ground preparation for planting was excellent. In San Juan County, some fields were replanted due to dry weather. CSA farms planted potatoes, melons and tomatoes.

In central Washington, crop stress became more apparent. Several livestock operators were concerned about drought relief programs and looked for additional pastures. In Okanogan County, cherry crops looked average, pastures were in tough shape, and wheat was stunted. The cooler weather helped keep wheat from maturing early with no moisture. In Yakima County, light measurable rain was received for the first time in two months. Farmers were concerned about wildfires on the rangeland due to lack of precipitation. June-bearing raspberries were in bloom, and hop producers were able to successfully stretch out vine growth.

In east central Washington, conditions remained dry. In Lincoln County, hot, dry and windy conditions downgraded soil moisture and cereal crop conditions. In northeast Washington, reports from producers were received throughout the area stating that the previous drought conditions and a freeze stunted the growth of all crops. In southeast Washington, no precipitation severely hurt spring crops. In Garfield County, pasture growth was completed and had dried up.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
7% very poor
17% poor
42% fair
34% good
0% excellent

Spring wheat:
13% very poor
38% poor
33% fair
16% good
0% excellent

9% very poor
31% poor
36% fair
24% good
0% excellent

4% very poor
8% poor
11% fair
77% good
0% excellent

Dry edible peas:
4% very poor
21% poor
49% fair
26% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat emerged:
93% this week
86% last week
90% last year
89% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
51% this week
25% last week
51% last year
53% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
91% this week
82% last week
85% last year
80% 5-year average

Oats planted:
98% this week
820% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
55% this week
50% last week
58% last year
53% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
94% this week
89% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
77% this week
69% last week
97% last year
78% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
43% this week
25% last week
59% last year
54% 5-year average