Crop progress report 11/19: Winter on the horizon for Washington


There were 4.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 7 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 52 percent fair and 16 percent good. A low temperature of 22 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 67 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from normal to 6 degrees above normal.

In the western region, there was a large amount of rain received, with some areas reporting near flood-like conditions. Conditions were windy in some areas with some damage reported. Harvests were mostly finished, while almost all of the cover crop plantings were completed. Some raspberry operations were still pruning. Livestock operations began to move off of fields and use supplemental feed.

In the central region, temperatures were a little bit warmer than usual for this time of year. Winter wheat plantings were nearly finished. Most of the apple orchards were done harvesting. Livestock operations were moved in preparation for winter. Temperatures dropped below freezing a few times.

In the eastern region, there were a few dry spots even though there was a bit of rain paired with melting snow. Most areas remained above freezing, despite early winter weather. Apples and grapes were still being harvested alongside some corn. A few corn operations waited for drier conditions before harvesting the last of their corn. A few other commodities were nearly finished harvesting, such as cabbages. Overall, winter wheat and cover crop plantings were nearly finished as the first signs of winter arrived.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
21% fair
66% good
10% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat emerged:
96% this week
94% last week
90% last year
91% 5-year average