Crop progress report 0610: Washington stays the course with rain west of the Cascades, poor condition in northeast


There were 6.2 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 64 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 32 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 91 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differential ranged from 3 degrees below normal to 6 degrees above normal.

Northwestern Washington received precipitation this last week. Clallam, Jefferson, King and Snohomish counties were too wet to plow-in cover crops. Fresh market harvest began for strawberries in Whatcom County. Whatcom and Skagit counties were also wet last week, which relieved growers from irrigating. Good conditions continued in San Juan County, where livestock were on pasture, hay was cut, berries were in bloom, and high tunnel crops thrived. Cucurbits, tomatoes, and peppers in Snohomish County were planted. Some farms added row cover to compensate for the colder temperatures.

The Gorge had dry, warm conditions. Klickitat County wrapped up the first cutting of alfalfa. Producers noticed heavy damage due to bugs and dry conditions in the hay harvest.

Northeastern Washington reported poor winter canola conditions. Showers in Pend Oreille and Spokane counties prevented spring plantings in some areas.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
13% fair
62% good
22% excellent

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
21% fair
63% good
13% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
14% fair
72% good
14% excellent

0% very poor
4% poor
21% fair
69% good
6% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat emerged:
96% this week
93% last week
94% last year
99% 5-year average

Spring wheat headed:
20% this week
11% last week
18% last year
27% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
87% this week
70% last week
70% last year
83% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
94% this week
83% last week
86% last year
96% 5-year average

Barley headed:
13% this week
6% last week
4% last year
20% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
81% this week
73% last week
64% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats headed:
20% this week
20% last week
3% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas emerged:
94% this week
82% last week
88% last year
97% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
90% this week
81% last week
73% last year
75% 5-year average