Crop progress report 0929: Washington damp and delayed


There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 4.9 days suitable the previous week. Western Washington had cold, wet weather for the week. Soil moisture recovered from the summer drought. Work conditions were wet, and field work slowed down. Pastures rebounded and grass was supple. Alfalfa was about knee-high. Some areas received six to eight inches of rain for the month. Saturated soil prevented potato harvest. Tomato harvest suffered from blight due to the increased moisture and cold nights. Producers scrambled to harvest tender crops due to the cold temperatures. The fifth and final cutting of grass silage was chopped in Whatcom County. Corn and seed potato harvest finished up.

Okanagan and Ferry counties had to delay wheat harvest, and second and third cuttings of hay due to moisture. Kittitas and Yakima counties remained dry. Snow, rain and then more snow hit Pend Oreille, Lincoln and Spokane counties. Adams and Lincoln counties still had to complete winter wheat seeding and reseeding due to cold and wet conditions. The last few acres of spring wheat had yet to be harvested.

The Palouse had freezing temperatures at night. Seeding slowed to a halt.

Washington crop progress:

Spring wheat harvested:
93% this week
91% last week
100% last year
100% 5-year average

Winter wheat planted:
61% this week
47% last week
68% last year
65% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
13% this week
5% last week
33% last year
38% 5-year average

Barley harvested:
88% this week
84% last week
100% last year
100% 5-year average

Oats harvested:
95% this week
92% last week
99% last year
NA 5-year average

Dry peas harvested:
91% this week
86% last week
100% last year
100% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
96% this week
94% last week
99% last year
99% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
67% this week
54% last week
63% last year
70% 5-year average