Crop progress report 5/8: Some field conditions improved; others were still too wet


There were 5.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 0 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 73 percent good and 14 percent excellent. A low temperature of 29 degrees F was reported in both the central and east central regions while a high temperature of 92 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 2 degrees below normal to 6 degrees above normal.

In the west, many regions still remained too wet for field equipment with water pooled in some fields. First cuttings of grass hay were reported. Planting delays ranged from two to three weeks for most operations in the west, with only a select few on higher and drier grounds capable of planting. Orchard and fruit operations were doing well. Fruit trees finished blooming. Vegetable growers planted in high tunnels. Livestock were out on pasture if conditions permitted.

In the central region, field conditions began to dry out. However, producers were still unable to access most fields with equipment. Fruit trees were blooming. Fields were prepared for vegetables crops. Livestock were doing well on pastures where permitted, and hay crops were taking off.

In the northeast region, fields began to dry out, however, producers were still getting tractors stuck. Herbicide spraying continued in row crop fields and other field preparations began where possible. Asparagus harvest continued. Apple and pear trees were in bloom. The cherry crop looked good.

In the southeast region, producers reported spotty rust in some fields. Weather improvement helped producers get some spring work completed. Most spring wheat planting was complete and producers were trying to get barley planted.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
2% very poor
1% poor
17% fair
62% good
18% excellent

0% very poor
0% poor
10% fair
50% good
40% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat planted:
72% this week
49% last week
87% last year
91% 5-year average

Spring wheat emerged:
46% this week
11% last week
72% last year
69% 5-year average

Winter wheat headed:
1% this week
N/A last week
23% last year
6% 5-year average

Barley planted:
63% this week
29% last week
67% last year
80% 5-year average

Barley emerged:
38% this week
4% last week
56% last year
55% 5-year average

Oats planted:
33% this week
19% last week
46% last year
NA 5-year average

Oats emerged:
1% this week
NA last week
32% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas planted:
39% this week
30% last week
68% last year
62% 5-year average

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

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