Crop progress report 10/04: Pumpkins, squashes, apples harvested in Washington 


There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.8 days the previous week.

Raspberry growers in Whatcom County began to tie and prune berries. Corn silage harvest was in full swing. Skagit County received rainfall last week, which helped the hay crop condition. Corn for silage producers in Snohomish County were in a holding pattern, waiting for their crop to mature. Vegetable harvest, including squash and pumpkins, started.

Conditions remained dry in Okanogan and Ferry counties. Smoke haze acted as a cap on the atmosphere, and morning dews were heavy. Hay that was still on the ground was wrapped into round bales due to the lingering moisture. Apples were coloring, even with smoke haze blocking out direct sun. Yakima hops were in the field, and workers were bringing in irrigation tubing. Wine grape harvest continued. Apple harvest continued with Honeycrisp, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties. Fruit stands were ripe with autumn bounty including pumpkins, maize, and winter squashes.

The Palouse had typical fall conditions, leaning towards warm temperatures.

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
76% this week
59% last week
65% last year
70% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
54% this week
32% last week
25% last year
43% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting:
95% this week
93% last week
97% last year
99% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
67% this week
59% last week
71% last year
79% 5-year average