Crop progress report 0628: Winter wheat started to turn gold in Eastern Washington


There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.3 the previous week.

The Puget Sound had continued rain and sunshine with warmer days and nights. Field conditions in western Washington were wet, but improving. The standing water in low areas from last week evaporated this week. Green grain fields turned yellow. Weed control for organic crops was poor. Some corn fields were replanted, while others had not yet been sprayed for weeds. Raspberry harvest started in Whatcom County. Blueberries were ripening and corn was growing well with the warmer conditions. CSA farmers in San Juan County started to irrigate crops. Livestock were on pasture, and berry crops were sizing up. Kiwifruit were finishing their bloom. Second cuttings of alfalfa were underway in Snohomish County for silage and baleage. The moisture and cooler temperatures in Okanogan and Ferry counties helped the small grain crops, but held back the canola crop progress. Low-elevation grasses burned off early in the spring, but mid- and high-elevation grasses were flourishing with the wet conditions.

A late spring freeze in Klickitat County left wheat heads short and empty. Daytime temperatures in Yakima County were in the high 90s earlier in the week and then dropped to the 70s on Sunday. Cherry and raspberry harvest was in full swing. Green peas, onions, green beans and summer squashes were growing.

Pend Oreille and Spokane counties were hot and dry. Producers in Adams County struggled with the windy conditions. The wind caused some stress for the plants and delayed spraying. Weather conditions were favorable for wheat, barley and peas. Cooler temperatures hampered sweet corn, field corn, dry bean, snap bean and seed crop development. The hay crop in Columbia and Walla Walla counties was in good condition, but the alfalfa crop was not keeping up. Winter wheat started to turn color. All wheat and barley crops were heading out.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
14% fair
61% good
23% excellent

Spring wheat:
0% very poor
6% poor
9% fair
64% good
21% excellent

0% very poor
6% poor
7% fair
64% good
23% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
8% fair
64% good
28% excellent

Dried edible peas:
0% very poor
0% poor
9% fair
78% good
13% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat headed:
73% this week
59% last week
75% last year
80% 5-year average

Barley headed:
81% this week
75% last week
66% last year
73% 5-year average

Oats emerged:
95% this week
89% last week
75% last year
82% 5-year average

Oats headed:
49% this week
43% last week
9% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
94% this week
88% last week
97% last year
NA 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting:
7% this week
3% last week
46% last year
39% 5-year average