Crop progress report 10/03: Favorable Weather for Farming Throughout Washington 


There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 6.6 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Oct. 3 were below normal.

In San Juan County, more rain and cooler temperatures pushed the area past drought conditions. Livestock was on stored feed. CSA farms continued fall harvest. Some fieldwork was delayed due to storm systems that brought high winds. In Chelan County, winter wheat planting was completed. Most fieldwork was done with only corn harvest left. Yakima County received much needed rainfall throughout the area. The Schneider Springs Fire was at 55 percent containment. Apple harvest continued, and field crews brought in later apple varieties. Hop harvest was near completion.

In Adams County, perfect weather allowed corn for grain to be harvested. Dry beans harvest was near completion. Alfalfa fourth cutting was slow to dry for baling, but progress was made by the end of the week. In Columbia County, dry conditions remained and slowed seeding.

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
77% this week
67% last week
74% last year
70% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
40% this week
26% last week
51% last year
42% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
58% this week
42% last week
66% last year
76% 5-year average

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