Crop progress report 10/17: Late season planting throughout Washington


There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 6.5 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Oct. 17 were below normal.

In San Juan County, there were cooler temperatures with some rainfall throughout the area. Low pressure systems stacked up leading into the fall rainy season. Livestock was on stockpiled feed. Harvest of CSA vegetable production continued but was coming to an end. In Yakima County, there were cooler temperatures throughout the area. Some crop producing areas received frost for the first time this year; however, some late season planting was done while dodging the rain. Apple harvest was near completion with late-maturing varieties coming in. More field corn was harvested throughout the area. In Whitman County, winter wheat seeding was tough as some producers dealt with rain and downy brome infestations. 

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
93% this week
88% last week
87% last year
86% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
58% this week
50% last week
64% last year
60% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
80% this week
70% last week
85% last year
85% 5-year average