Crop progress report 11/05: Winter approached for Washington

There were 4.6 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 20 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 36 percent fair and 10 percent good. A low temperature of 18 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 71 degrees was reported in the central region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 6 degrees below normal to 2 degrees above normal.

The western region had nearly completed all harvests in time for winter with the first snowfalls. Some operations continued to prune their fruit operations while other fruit operations harvested their late variety products. Green chop was finished and cover crops were placed. The unexpected snow caused some damage to fruit operations, breaking trees under the weight of the snow.

In the central region, temperatures dropped. The last of the apple harvests were finished. Calves were in the process of being weaned. Nearly all of the winter plantings were finished with snow expected later on.

In the eastern region, temperatures dropped with the arrival of snow. Nearly all harvests were finished with the exception of some grain corn operations.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
17% fair
77% good
5% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
99% this week
91% last week
92% last year
98% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
82% this week
73% last week
78% last year
81% 5-year average
NA 5-year average