Crop progress report 10/31: Winter wheat planting wrapped up in Washington


There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork, down from 5.8 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Oct. 31, were below normal.

In San Juan County, cooler temperatures were reported with some rainfall throughout the area. An atmospheric front pushed the area into the rainy, fall season. Wind events destroyed some trees. In Chelan County, heavy rainfall helped ease drought conditions. In Yakima County, many areas received significant amounts of rainfall. Apple harvest was complete with a few late-maturing apples in packinghouses. Field corn harvest continued throughout the area. Vegetable fields were tilled and ready for winter. Irrigation lines were coiled up and removed from hop fields. Whitman County received scattered rains throughout the week. Most crops had emerged, and soil moisture increased.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
2% very poor
22% poor
43% fair
32% good
1% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat emerged:
75% this week
68% last week
77% last year
75% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
92% this week
86% last week
91% last year
91% 5-year average