Crop progress report 10/23: Washington received beneficial moisture


There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.7 days reported the previous week. Temperatures continued to remain well above normal throughout most of the week. As the week ended, a more traditional late-October rainy pattern arrived in northwest Washington and spread throughout the state. Weekend precipitation was reported statewide. Wildfire smoke from fires in the central and western parts of the state dissipated. Air quality also improved throughout the region. Temperatures dropped anywhere from 10-20 degrees as Washington received the first significant amount of beneficial moisture in months. Rainfall accumulations ranged from a quarter of an inch to over an inch.

Low temperatures hovered around freezing, with 0.5 inches of rain reported in Douglas County. Klickitat County received about a quarter of an inch in the middle of the county, while the east end received about half an inch. Snow fell above 4,000 feet in the Cascade Mountains.

Prior to the weather event, good progress was made in the 2022 row crop harvest. Onion harvest wrapped up. Grain corn, silage corn and potatoes were harvested on a normal schedule. Winter wheat planting wrapped up. The very dry conditions late this summer and early this autumn impacted fall pasture growth and forced many livestock producers to start feeding hay earlier than usual.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
2% very poor
4% poor
26% fair
58% good
10% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat planted:
95% this week
89% last week
96% last year
92% 5-year average

Winter wheat emerged:
72% this week
64% last week
67% last year
66% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
84% this week
77% last week
85% last year
84% 5-year average