Crop progress 1013: First freeze of the year in Washington


There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 4.5 days suitable the previous week. Western Washington had its first freeze for the season. San Juan County had more rain and a cold wave with freezing temperatures. There was already standing water on recently harvested silage fields in Snohomish County. Producers were busy trying to beat the rain by harvesting crops and sowing cover crops. Ferry and Okanogan counties had heavy dew every morning. There was only a trace of precipitation in Kittitas and Yakima counties. Nighttime low temperatures fell below freezing in Yakima for many evenings. Winter squash was still out in the fields, but most vegetable harvest had wrapped up.

Approximately 50 percent of the apple harvest was completed. Honeycrisps came in from higher elevations, and Fuji apples were harvested in lower elevations. Cosmic crisps came into farmers’ markets and sold out quickly.

Pend Oreille and Spokane counties had spring wheat, lentils and garbanzos beans left to be cut. Some areas of Lincoln County received snow. Adams County producers caught up on dry bean harvest. Hay was put up. Some onions were caught in the freeze and were damaged. The Palouse also had freezing temperatures, which limited spraying and fall crop emergence. Fall crops were almost completely planted before the weather turned.

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
79% this week
67% last week
85% last year
84% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
47% this week
30% last week
46% last year
59% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
93% this week
90% last week
100% last year
100% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
74% this week
72% last week
69% last year
82% 5-year average