Crop progress report 11/20: Colder temps in Washington motivated farmers to prepare for winter


There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 4 days reported the previous week. Colder than normal temperatures were reported statewide. Little to no precipitation was reported. Agricultural activity slowed as the 2022 grain corn harvest wrapped up.

Western Washington was dry with freezing temperatures reported throughout the week. In central Washington, Okanogan County was covered in snow that fell over a week ago. Klickitat County had a very cold week. Temperatures rarely got above freezing. Most cattle grazed crop residue and were on supplemental feed. Yakima County reported nighttime low temperatures consistently below freezing. Single digit lows were reported on Friday night. Little agricultural activity was observed, but a few more fields were tilled. Orchard clean-up continued. Tree pruning also started as orchard trees entered dormancy. Northeast and southeast Washington was cold and dry. Northeast Washington reported snow on the ground. Southeast Washington was cold and occasionally foggy with temperatures in the low 20s in the mornings.

Washington crop condition

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
9% poor
30% fair
50% good
10% excellent

Washington crop progress:

Winter wheat emerged:
95% this week
93% last week
95% last year
92% 5-year average