Crop progress report 0603: Areas of Washington received rain, while other remained thirsty


There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 71 percent good and 8 percent excellent. A low temperature of 35 degrees F was reported in the central and northeast regions, while a high temperature of 93 degrees F was also reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differential ranged from 2 degrees below to 8 degrees above normal.

King, Whatcom, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce and Thurston counties received rain this last week, while Island, San Juan, Pacific and Skagit Counties craved more rain. Strawberries in Snohomish and Whatcom counties began to ripen. The second cutting of grass was heavier and faster than normal due to increased heat units. This past May set a record in Jefferson County for being the driest month. Despite this set back, planting season there caught up to average. San Juan County reported that pastures were in boot stage, but some were browning due to lack of moisture.

Winter wheat and cherry crops were maturing well in Chelan and Douglas counties. Klickitat County had its first cutting of hay dried and baled quickly. However, instances of alfalfa weevil continued to be a concern. Wheat and barley crops had strong growth this last week due to the warm weather. Local cherries were in markets. Shoot training was underway in vineyards and fungal sprays were applied.

Orchard grass, alfalfa, mixed hay and timothy were in windrows in Kittitas County. Sweet cherry harvest started in Yakima County. Apple growers thinned their crops. Hop vines were more than halfway up trellis systems. While asparagus harvest was winding down, snap pea and summer squash harvest started.

Cuttings for alfalfa and timothy in Franklin County were underway. Beans and corn were planted; green peas were harvested. Most winter wheat in Adams and Lincoln counties was in good condition, however a few fields have been sprayed for stripe rust. Producers in Douglas County sprayed for cabbage seedpod weevil in canola fields and pea weevil in pea fields. The Palouse received thunderstorms and spotty showers. Wheat and barley began to head out.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
10% fair
66% good
23% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
0% poor
24% fair
63% good
13% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
19% fair
79% good
2% excellent

0% very poor
5% poor
21% fair
74% good
0% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat emerged:
93% this week
91% last week
86% last year
97% 5-year average

Spring wheat headed:
11% this week
2% last week
1% last year
10% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
70% this week
45% last week
47% last year
64% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
83% this week
77% last week
82% last year
95% 5-year average

Barley headed:
6% this week
1% last week
2% last year
8% 5-year average

Oats planted:
96% this week
90% last week
72% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
73% this week
63% last week
43% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats headed:
20% this week
10% last week
2% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
82% this week
74% last week
81% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
81% this week
38% last week
57% last year
62% 5-year average