Crop progress report 5/19: Dry and windy in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service

There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 5.5 days the previous week.

In western Washington, the weather was mild, and there was little rain.

Central Washington had high winds that prevented any spraying from being completed. In Yakima County, there were reports of small brush fires throughout the Yakima Valley. Asparagus harvest slowed, with growers letting some fields go to the fern stage. Vegetable blocks under black plastic continued to expand, and more spring sown vegetable seedlings were breaking the soil surface. Early maturing sweet cherries started to show straw color. Pear fruitlets were large enough to begin drooping from their petioles. Grape vines continued to lengthen and were cascading from their trellises. Both alfalfa and grass hay were in the first cutting.

Pend Oreille and Spokane counties had dry and windy conditions. Cattle were all out to pasture, and grazing grass looked good. Spring-planted crops were coming along well. In east central Washington, all spring planting had been completed. High winds prevented spraying and reduced the number of fieldwork days. Southeast Washington was still in need of rain. Warm temperatures with high winds dried out the soil.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
7% very poor
11% poor
39% fair
40% good
3% excellent

Spring wheat:
1% very poor
4% poor
39% fair
45% good
11% excellent

1% very poor
3% poor
35% fair
54% good
7% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat emerged:
95% this week
77% last week
84% last year
77% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
35% this week
8% last week
15% last year
14% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
89% this week
70% last week
71% last year
68% 5-year average

Dry edible peas planted:
95% this week
91% last week
85% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry edible peas emerged:
68% this week
42% last week
51% last year
62% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 1st cutting:
21% this week
3% last week
13% last year
20% 5-year average

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