Crop progress report 1008: Washington rains, lower temperatures ushered in autumn


There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 19 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 19 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 78 degrees F was reported in the southeastern region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 7 degrees below to 3 degrees above normal.

Pastures greened up across western Washington. Southwestern Washington received two inches of rain, most of which ran off. Sweet corn was harvested. Most Christmas trees that were planted in the spring died. Producers around Grays Harbor got another haylage cutting. Most silage was harvested. With the lack of good pasture this summer, winter hay stores for livestock producers were dwindling. The Puget Sound also got another haylage cutting. Almost all corn silage was harvested. Rain was running off soil. Potatoes, corn and other fall vegetables were harvested in San Juan, Island and Skagit counties. Fruit crops continued to be harvested.

Early harvested silage fields in Snohomish County were disked and seeded with cover crop rye. Tomato harvest wrapped up; peppers continued to be harvested. Winter wheat in Douglas and Chelan counties emerged. Apple harvest continued. Fall pastures were dry. Pasture conditions in Klickitat County remained poor, and livestock producers were low on hay stores. The rainy weekend helped winter crops.

Yakima County had two rain storms last week. Hop harvest finished, field corn was coming in, and apple harvest continued. Lincoln County reported rain and freezing temperatures in the mornings. Heavy wind and rain curtailed harvest and fall plantings in Adams County. Harvested crops fared well. Minor grasshopper damage was found on winter canola in Douglas County. Besides this damage, winter canola and winter wheat were in good condition. The recent rains in Asotin and Garfield counties helped seed that was already in the ground and greened up pastures.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
31% fair
65% good
1% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
75% this week
69% last week
75% last year
76% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
40% this week
34% last week
51% last year
55% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
66% this week
64% last week
85% last year
79% 5-year average