Crop progress report 4/16: Fields remain wet in Washington


There were 4.1 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1% very poor, 10% poor, 31% fair, 55% good and 3% excellent. A low temperature of 23 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 70 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 6 degrees below normal to 3 degrees above normal. Reports indicated that in some areas fields were still too wet to work, while others tilled even though soils were saturated. Pastures looked good, but many had standing water. Some livestock producers turned cattle out so the grass wouldn’t get ahead of them, even though fields were still wet. Early lambs and calves looked good. Cranberry beds were still too wet. Early fruit tree varieties started to bloom and hops emerged from their hills. Other activities included spraying and weeding. Overall conditions looked good as producers prepared for drier conditions.

Crop conditions
WA winter wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
12% fair
68% good
17% excellent

Crop progress
Spring wheat planted:
20% this week
11% last week
60% last year
57% 5-year average

Barley planted:
6% this week
3% last week
37% last year
37% 5-year average

Oats planted:
4% this week
1% last week
31% last year
57% N/A

Dry peas planted:
6% this week
3% last week
37% last year