Crop progress report 10/11: Heavy rains drench most of Washington


There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 7.0 days the previous week.

Western Washington had favorable dry conditions for harvesting and fall planting during the week. The weekend brought two to three inches of precipitation, which temporarily shut down fieldwork. Some of the corn harvest was immature and wet. There were reports of some blow down in cornfields, but the fields were still harvestable. San Juan County had cool, foggy nights and residual smoke in the morning with sunny afternoons. Fruit harvest was ongoing. CSA farmers pulled produce from fields and high tunnels. Livestock was on pasture. Skagit County was very wet. Some producers in Snohomish County harvested and stored their corn silage before the weekend deluge. Fall cole crops and greens were progressing well with the added precipitation.

Okanogan and Ferry counties received widespread moisture, with areas of high intensity, on Sunday. No frost had been reported yet in Yakima County. Wine grape and apple harvests continued with Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious apples arriving at packinghouses. Field crews removed black plastic and irrigation tubing from vegetable fields. The autumn bounty of roadside stands continued with pumpkins, maize and winter squashes for sale. Hemp harvest started.

Pend Oreille and Spokane counties were dry and cool. Soil moisture was maintained in Adams and Lincoln counties due to the week’s precipitation. Producers welcomed rains in Douglas County. Waterville reported improved winter wheat condition. Asotin and Garfield counties also received rain and wind. Whitman County had perfect seeding conditions, but craved more rain.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
3% poor
16% fair
59% good
21% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
79% this week
76% last week
76% last year
80% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
55% this week
54% last week
42% last year
53% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
82% this week
67% last week
73% last year
82% 5-year average