Crop progress report 10/22: Dry times in Washington


There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 29 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 24 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 19 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 77 degrees F was reported in the western region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 6 degrees below to 3 degrees above normal.

Hay producers in western Washington were struggling to get their second cutting of alfalfa dry hay. Cover crops were being planted where corn was harvested in Grays Harbor, Lewis and Pacific counties. Dry conditions hampered cranberry harvest in Pacific County. Autumn rain was not received to fill ponds with water needed to flood their beds. The Puget Sound had cool nights and warm, sunny afternoons.

Many areas of Snohomish County received a light frost, and most of the harvest was completed. Tender crops such as peppers and tomatoes were not damaged as they wrapped up harvest. Pests had a negative impact on yields. The remainder of the corn silage was brought into bunkers. Dicing and cover crop planting was completed on most operations.

The last few warm weeks in Jefferson County allowed crops to mature. However, carrots, beets and potatoes did not fully size up due to late planting and the wet spring. Thus, harvest was still ongoing. San Juan County’s harvest was winding down for fruit crops and CSA operations.

Southwestern Washington was still dry. Benton County had some rain, but was also dry. Yakima and Kittitas received no precipitation. Winter wheat was emerging in spots in Klickitat County, depending on which spots received enough rain. Fall plantings wrapped up in Lincoln County. Adams and Lincoln counties were warm and dry.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
17% fair
74% good
6% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
92% this week
87% last week
88% last year
90% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
53% this week
47% last week
70% last year
69% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
77% this week
69% last week
91% last year
91% 5-year average