Crop progress report 06/07: Washington’s cool temperatures, rain helped some and hindered others


There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, staying constant from the previous week.

The Puget Sound had a few rainy days mixed with a few sunny days. Crops and fields were in good condition. Hay producers were still searching for stable weather to continue hay harvest. CSA farmers were in full swing. Berry crops were blooming, and orchard fruits started to size up. Pastures had healthy growth. Snohomish County continued to receive hard, isolated showers between steady rain. Some areas received over an inch of rain on Saturday. A few corn fields ponded water for a brief time. Crops were stressed from too much moisture. Some fields were not planted because they were too wet and had ponded water. Organic weed control had not been successful due to the wetter, cooler weather. However, grass was in good condition. Vegetable farmers were busy planting and harvesting. Strawberries in Whatcom County started to ripen and fresh market stands opened. Corn planting continued.

Temperatures in Yakima County cooled down with daytime highs in the low 70s, and nighttime lows dropping to the low 40s. The early sweet cherry crops started to come in. Apple field crews were thinning the crop. Asparagus harvest continued, but slowed down. Snap peas, onions, spinach, yellow summer squash and zucchini started to come into farmers’ markets.

Northeast Washington had warm temperatures at the beginning of the week and cooler temperatures over the weekend. Precipitation and cool weather maintained soil and crop conditions in Adams and Lincoln counties. Crop conditions improved in Asotin and Garfield counties due to the rain. Columbia and Walla Walla counties had winter wheat that started to head out, and some operator s were spraying for rust. Weather remained cool and wet in Whitman County.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
1% poor
10% fair
65% good
23% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
6% poor
10% fair
65% good
19% excellent

0% very poor
6% poor
8% fair
71% good
15% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
16% fair
82% good
2% excellent

Dried edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
13% fair
77% good
10% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat emerged:
95% this week
90% last week
90% last year
95% 5-year average

Spring wheat headed:
9% this week
5% last week
0% last year
14% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
72% this week
55% last week
69% last year
76% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
92% this week
85% last week
74% last year
88% 5-year average

Barley headed:
12% this week
5% last week
0% last year
4% 5-year average12

Oats emerged:
70% this week
59% last week
57% last year
72% 5-year average

Oats headed:
13% this week
NA last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
72% this week
61% last week
59% last year
74% 5-year average