Crop progress report 10/29: Temperatures began to cool with fall in full swing


There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 20 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 18 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 26 degrees F was reported in the north eastern region, while a high temperature of 74 degrees was reported in the western region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from normal to 6 degrees above normal.

The western region reported a favorable amount of moisture received, with some rivers close to flooding. Many operations were either finished or close to finishing harvest. Warmer days helped pasture conditions. Meanwhile the nights were cooler with no frosts. Fruit orchard harvest wound down as trees began to lose leaves due to autumn. Apple harvest was done and pumpkins were doing well, especially with the upcoming holidays. Some operations managed to plant cover crops in time for the moisture and before winter arrives.

In the central region, there was little to no rainfall, but plenty of moisture left over. Moisture from previous storms, along with the sunlight, helped fall planted crops. Some operations attempted to either seed or reseed their winter crops. Late variety apples were nearly all harvested. Temperatures cooled down and some frosts occurred during the nights. Livestock operations began to prepare for winter, moving their livestock to fall and winter locations.

In the eastern regions, temperatures were cool and a bit windy. Some areas also reported some rain and noted the conditions were great for autumn. Apple and grape harvests continued. Meanwhile, the last of the winter wheat was planted and operations attempted to fertilize the already emerged winter wheat before conditions prevented them from doing so. Some areas were still harvesting dry corn.

Overall, planting was nearly finished in preparation for winter, fruit and current crops were either finished or soon to be finished with harvesting, and livestock operations began to move their livestock to fall or winter pastures with some pasture conditions improving due to the excellent fall weather conditions.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
14% fair
80% good
5% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
91% this week
90% last week
91% last year
95% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
73% this week
72% last week
73% last year
76% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
95% this week
91% last week
100% last year
98% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 5th cutting:
74% this week
63% last week
77% last year
NA 5-year average