Crop progress report 11/01: Freezing or near freezing temperatures reported across Washington


There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 5.8 days the previous week.

Western Washington experienced near freezing temperatures and a bit of rain. In San Juan County, most CSA operations scrambled to recover the remaining field crop harvests before the hard frost. Livestock were on cool season resurgent grasses and stockpiled feed on many farms. Producers harvested the last of the potatoes and corn silage in Skagit County. Tulip planting started. Some dairies were able to get a fifth cutting of grass for silage or green chop in Snohomish County. Harvest was complete for winter squash and other vegetable crops. Some field preparation and cover crop seeding also took place.

In Eastern Washington, Yakima County had below freezing temperatures. Fruit and vegetable harvests were nearly complete. A few late-maturing apple varieties went into packinghouses. However, most of those originated outside Yakima County. Yakima County reported some apples remained unharvested this year. Some of those orchards had tree tear-out occurring. Field crews collected color-up cloths from other apple orchards as well as black plastic and irrigation tubing from vegetable fields. Vegetable stands were still open as they sold off the season’s harvest of squash, tomatoes and peppers.

Pend Oreille and Spokane counties reported hard frosts and some snow last weekend. Asotin and Garfield counties enjoyed some rain and warmer temperatures.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
5% poor
36% fair
52% good
6% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat emerged:
78% this week
68% last week
76% last year
75% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
92% this week
88% last week
86% last year
93% 5-year average