Crop progress report 11/12: Renewed soil, frosty temps in Washington


There were 4.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 23 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 23 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 13 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 66 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 6 degrees below average to 1 degree above average.

San Juan, Island and Skagit counties had sunny, cool days. Rain renewed soil moisture, and harvest was completed. The counties had a short flirt with frost for a couple days with lows around 33-35 degrees F. Livestock on pasture were on supplemental feed. Northern King County had flooding due to rainfall Nov. 3 through Nov. 5. Issues with corn worm were reported. Most producers have animals off pasture and were feeding.

Cover crops that were planted early in Snohomish County were coming up and had decent stands. Fields were saturated in many places and field work stopped for the year.

Kittitas and Yakima counties had zero precipitation last week. Night time temperatures dropped below freezing throughout the week in Yakima County. Klickitat County ranchers searched for adequate pastures to graze until the snow starts. Winter wheat planting continued.

Consistent frosts in Pend Oreille and Spokane counties slowed down remaining fieldwork. Lincoln County had freezing temperatures, heavy frost and rain. Winter wheat was coming in inconsistently. In Columbia and Walla Walla counties, winter wheat was seeded and the ground was starting to freeze. Whitman County had some rain and a couple days of temperatures in the high teens.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
2% poor
38% fair
50% good
10% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat emerged:
85% this week
80% last week
92% last year
87% 5-year average