Crop progress report 06/02: Cool temperatures in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 5.6 days the previous week.

Western Washington producers received more rain this week and had cool temperatures.

Central Washington saw limitations for herbicide applications last week due to the wind and rain. In Yakima County, irrigation districts were rationing water. Small brush fires broke out throughout the county, causing power outages but no crop losses. The asparagus harvest appeared to be winding down. Traces of green onion harvest were found. Early maturing sweet cherry varieties started to show red color, and grape vines began to put on length as they cascaded from the trellises. Most hop bines climbed the trellis, with some of the most mature bines reaching six to eight feet tall.

Pend Oreille and Spokane counties saw a few nights of frost last week. Winter wheat heading progressed, but producers reported a lack of heat in the region. In east central Washington, late night freezes were unsuitable for the crops and took out some of the winter crops. Southeast Washington received wind and rain that hindered spring work.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
8% very poor
11% poor
33% fair
44% good
4% excellent

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
8% poor
35% fair
43% good
13% excellent

Barley:
1% very poor
5% poor
34% fair
51% good
9% excellent

Dry edible peas:
0% very poor
3% poor
7% fair
80% good
10% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat headed:
69% this week
46% last week
58% last year
49% 5-year average

Spring wheat headed:
4% this week
NA last week
0% last year
1% 5-year average

Barley headed:
3% this week
NA last week
0% last year
1% 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
95% this week
84% last week
87% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
50% this week
27% last week
49% last year
47% 5-year average

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