Crop progress report 10/15: Temperatures begin to drop for Washington

There were 5.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 29 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 29 percent fair and 13 percent good. A low temperature of 20 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 72 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 9 to 3 degrees below normal.

In the western region, temperatures began to drop with a few showers throughout the week. Some areas began to experience frosts for the first time, while other parts of the west remained somewhat dry. Fall-planted crops appeared to have adequate moisture. Potato harvest finished up in some spots, while corn, carrots, beets, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, apples and melon harvests continued. Livestock were placed on supplemental feed.

In the central region, temperatures continued to drop alongside rain. Winter wheat plantings continued, while others began to prepare for replanting due to poor prior planting conditions. Apple and field corn harvests were underway, while some areas finished their fourth cuttings of alfalfa. Livestock operations began to round up their cattle in preparation for winter.

In the eastern region, temperatures continued to cool down with the arrival of a little rain. Some areas dropped below freezing. Dry bean harvest was nearly finished. Winter crop plantings were nearly done. Winter wheat had emerged for the most part, except for some sections. However, more rain was needed to improve the winter wheat conditions. Potato and corn harvests continued and some areas spotted early snow. Overall, the state needed more rain to improve winter wheat and pasture conditions before the temperatures dropped any further with the arrival of winter.

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
79% this week
77% last week
88% last year
86% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
59% this week
53% last week
67% last year
64% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
89% this week
86% last week
100% last year
83% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 5th cutting:
57% this week
49% last week
57% last year
NA 5-year average