Crop progress report 06/21: Western Washington still wet, eastern Washington shone bright


There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 5.2 the previous week.

Areas of Clallam, Jefferson, King and Snohomish counties received more than two inches of rain on Monday. Fields were wet from daily scattered showers. Some operators lost crops, especially in lower recessed areas. Drainage districts depended on both pumps and tide gates to remove water. River flow was elevated, so gates were minimally effective. Dairies were unable to cut grass. Fields that were too wet to plant would not be planted this year. Vegetable farmers in Snohomish County had good growth of their early cole and green crops. Whatcom County strawberry harvest was ongoing. Raspberries were ripening and producers prepared to harvest. Rains delayed grass for silage cuttings. Soils were saturated in San Juan County. CSA crops were growing well, berry crops were coloring up, and livestock were on pasture.

Daytime temperatures in Yakima County started the week in the high 60s and ended the week in the low 90s. Asparagus harvest neared completion. Snap peas, onions and summer squashes were coming in. Operators started to take their second cuttings of alfalfa. Field crews thinned apples. Cherry harvest continued at a slow pace, but the crop came in much cleaner the past couple weeks. Harvest bins were moved to peach orchards. Raspberries were harvested. Hops were between 6 and 18 feet high on trellis systems.

Northeast Washington had warmer temperatures later in the week. Franklin County had no precipitation, light breezes and warm temperatures with excellent crop growing conditions. Second cuttings of alfalfa were harvested, along with sweet cherries and sweet peas. The cooler conditions in Adams County aided the irrigated wheat and small grain crops, but negatively impacted the irrigated corn and bean crops. Corn seed maggot and wireworm issues were reported in the emerged bean seed crop. Most operators controlled the pests with management action. Pastures started to decline. Columbia and Walla Walla counties benefited from the June rains. First cutting of hay was completed.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
12% fair
63% good
23% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
5% poor
11% fair
63% good
21% excellent

0% very poor
6% poor
9% fair
64% good
21% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
9% fair
68% good
23% excellent

Dried edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
9% fair
79% good
12% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
59% this week
29% last week
49% last year
58% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
96% this week
88% last week
94% last year
96% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
96% this week
93% last week
95% last year
97% 5-year average

Barley headed:
75% this week
46% last week
39% last year
51% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
89% this week
80% last week
69% last year
87% 5-year average

Oats headed:
43% this week
28% last week
2% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
88% this week
77% last week
8922% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
3% this week
0% last week
29% last year
23% 5-year average