Crop progress report 11/17: Washington’s autumn cycle settled in


There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.3 days suitable the previous week.

North Puget Sound was unusually dry, but returned to equilibrium with low-pressure systems bringing rain and wind. Most crops were removed from growing areas. Some livestock were grazing on pastures, while others were on stored feed. Soils were still saturated in Snohomish County. Harvest of hardy vegetables that were not flooded or frozen and greens out of high tunnels were the only crop activities.

Nighttime temperatures in Yakima County dropped to below freezing on multiple nights. There was no precipitation. Only corn and processing carrots were left to harvest in Adams County. Fourth cutting of alfalfa hay wrapped up.

Asotin and Garfield counties had typical fall temperatures with a couple days of light rain. Seeding was completed in Columbia and Walla Walla counties. Moisture content increased due to the recent rainfall. 

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
0% very poor
1% poor
25% fair
59% good
15% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat emerged:
83% this week
82% last week
87% last year
90% 5-year average

Alfalfa hay 4th cutting:
95% this week
91% last week
NA last year
NA 5-year average