Crop progress report 11/07: Cool fall weather sets in throughout Washington


There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 4.5 the previous week. Statewide temperatures were normal to below normal.

In San Juan County, cooler temperatures set in throughout the area. Wet conditions kept winter crops from being planted. Leaves changed colors and fell off fruit trees as harvest was done. In Chelan County, continued precipitation and cool weather helped soil moisture deficits. Winter wheat emerged in most areas throughout the county. In Yakima County, there was consistent rain throughout the area. Apple harvest continued with late varieties. Stone fruit trees showed pleasant leaf colors. Some field tillage was done throughout the area. In Whitman County, much needed rainfall was received. Most crops had emerged, and soil moisture levels increased due to high amounts of precipitation.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
7% very poor
22% poor
41% fair
29% good
1% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat emerged:
86% this week
75% last week
84% last year
82% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
96% this week
92% last week
97% last year
NA 5-year average