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Washington Grain Crop Progress & Condition For The Week Ending April 13, 2014

Field Crops


Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.7. It was a good week on the Palouse to complete field operations. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain was received in scattered showers throughout the week while temperatures remained mild. Some early planted spring wheat was starting to emerge while many producers continued planting. Winter wheat crops were looking good for the most part, with herbicide applications beginning to take place. In Asotin County, weather was mostly sunny with temperatures around 55 or 60 degrees.

Producers have been spraying their winter wheat for the first flush of annual grasses this spring. Things are greening up throughout the county. Spring crops are sprouting and benefiting from the sun. In the Yakima Valley, average temperatures were generally warm, varying from 1 to 10 degrees above normal, with a trace precipitation received during the week. Temperatures as low as 31 degrees have caused growers to use frost control measures. No crop losses due to weather conditions were reported. In Kittitas County, this week was dry, relatively warm, and very windy. It was favorable weather for farmers preparing fields for irrigation, which starts the week of April 14th for most. It also led to very dry conditions in the week leading up to irrigation water, which is not unusual for April. There were quite a few cows going out to range ground this past week, and rangeland forage conditions were very good. Without some precipitation in the next 2-3 weeks, conditions won't stay good for long.


Crop Progress

Crop Activity

Percent Completed

This Week

Last Week


5 Yr. Avg.

Spring wheat planted 46 20 48 42
Spring wheat emerged 17 5 18 14
Barley planted 25 10 37 27


Crop Condition


% Acreage






Winter Wheat  4 16 45 32 3
VP=Very Poor  P=Poor  F=Fair  G=Good  EX=Excellent
*Crop conditions are a measurement of the growing conditions 
and are not indicative of the quality of the crop produced.



No county reports this week.


Information Courtesy of AWIS. Report released April 14, 2014

Washington State University USDA USDA/NASS- Washington Field Office
Cooperative Extension Service Farm Service Agency Christopher Mertz
Richard Koenig Judith Olson NW Regional Director
Dean/Director, WSU Extension State Executive Director