Crop progress report 11/26: Frosty Washington closes up for winter


There were 4.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 15 percent very poor, 37 percent poor, 24 percent fair and 24 percent good. A low temperature of 14 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 58 degrees F was reported in the western region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 5 degrees below average to 5 degrees above average.

Coastal counties had normal weather at higher elevations while lower elevations had unusually dry and mild weather. Christmas tree harvest was ongoing. Trees that were severely affected by drought were not harvested. Weaning weights of dryland calves were low, but gaining. Northwestern Washington still had kale, collards and greenhouse greens harvested. Weather was warmer than average. San Juan County had more rain and sun that courted the nightly frosts. Southwestern Washington was rainy and cool. Some operators in Snohomish County were still harvesting for the holiday and winter CSA boxes.

Benton County had a cold snap with freezing fog throughout the county. Chelan and Douglas counties reported cold temperatures and snow at higher elevations. Many livestock were on full feed. Pasture conditions in Klickitat County remained poor with limited ground moisture.

Lincoln County had cold temperatures and heavy frosts for the week. Winter wheat was mostly in good condition in Adams and Lincoln counties. Wheat was spotty through Asotin and Garfield counties with the southern portion having higher quality than the northern portion. The area received good moisture last week. Corn continued to be harvested in Columbia and Walla Walla counties, and all winter wheat had emerged.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
3% poor
32% fair
54% good
11% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat emerged:
90% this week
87% last week
97% last year
94% 5-year average