Crop progress report 11/22: Washington remained cool, wet


There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 4.7 days the previous week.

Clallam, Jefferson, King, Skagit and Snohomish counties reported cool and wet weather. The snow in the mountains was holding and not filling the rivers. Grass hay did well over the growing year, but there were challenges getting cuttings off in a timely manner, which resulted in wet or over-mature hay. Most livestock moved to higher ground and were on stored feed. CSA farms continued harvesting cool weather crops. Perennial crops went into dormancy with the short winter days and lack of sun. The Snohomish Valley was in a holding pattern for field work due to wet conditions.

The snow was flying in Grant County, and everything was at a normal pace. There was a bit more grain corn to harvest in Adams County. Carrot processing was finished. Some cattle stock were liquidated to lessen exposure to lower prices. Douglas County producers reseeded their entire crop. Asotin and Garfield counties reported typical cool, windy fall weather. Columbia, Walla Walla and Whitman counties were getting lots of rain or snow, adding moisture back into the soils.

Washington crop conditions:

Winter wheat:
1% very poor
2% poor
21% fair
62% good
14% excellent