Crop progress report 11/12: Early winter-like conditions for Washington


There were 3.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 4 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 50 percent fair and 14 percent good. A low temperature of 8 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 57 degrees F was reported in both the west and southeast regions. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 10 degrees below normal to normal.

In the western region, temperatures dropped. A few vegetable and fruit operations rushed to complete their harvests, picking last minute apples, pears and kiwi. Meanwhile, seasonal Christmas tree operations were nearly ready. For some operations, any crops left in the ground were expected to be left unharvested. Pastures improved slightly from the rain, while most livestock were on supplemental feed.

In the central region, snow was present in some parts, while others experienced frosts in the morning. Ranchers moved livestock in preparation for winter. Winter plantings were either complete or near completion.

In the eastern region, cold and wet weather was prevalent. Field work had slowed down to a crawl as winter-like conditions arrived. There were some last minute apple orchards still harvesting. Some parts in the southeast had a little bit of warmth. Overall, early winter conditions arrived, bringing field work to a crawl in some parts as others prepared for winter and more snow.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
0% poor
13% fair
80% good
7% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat emerged:
94% this week
82% last week
84% last year
87% 5-year average