Crop progress report 10/18: Washington had cool temperatures


There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.2 days the previous week.

The San Juan County harvests were closing down with more moisture and cooler temperatures last week. Pastures rebounded with cool season grasses. Some fields were replanted. Most of the tree fruit crops were harvested, but some late apples, quince and Asian pears were still hanging on trees. Warm season vegetables were slowing down as cool season vegetables were entering their prime.

Skagit County was wet last week. No frost was reported in Yakima County as the lowest nighttime temperatures dropped to the mid-30s. Vegetable harvests were wrapping up, but some producers still had peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos and winter squashes to harvest. Many fields were plowed under last week. Field corn operators tried to push through harvest. Field crews in hop fields were reeling in irrigation lines. Later maturing varieties of Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Fuji apples arrived in packinghouses.

Northeast Washington had cold rain. Pastures in Adams County were in good condition, but they stopped growing due to the cool temperatures. Dry bean harvest benefited from favorable conditions and was winding down.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
27% fair
58% good
12% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
88% this week
79% last week
84% last year
86% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
65% this week
55% last week
61% last year
61% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
86% this week
82% last week
77% last year
85% 5-year average