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Washington Grain Crop Progress & Condition For The Week Ending Oct. 26, 2014

Fall weather conditions in Washington

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.6. Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 13% very poor, 18% poor, 42% fair, 23% good and 4% excellent. In Western Washington, cooler and wetter conditions stopped field work. Some cool season crops continued to grow. Some farmers continued to spread manure on their grass fields. The weather in Yakima County was cold and rainy, but temperatures did not go below freezing. Vegetable production tapered off with many pumpkins available in farmer’s markets. Apple harvest slowed down with only late maturing varieties being harvested. No crop losses were reported due to weather conditions. Report from Yakima County indicated that some orchards may not be harvested due to large apple crop. The east central region reported that rain improved moisture conditions for dryland winter wheat seedlings. Moisture helped drought conditions but more precipitation is welcomed. Both the harvesting of corn and potatoes began to wind down. Temperatures were cool throughout the week but did not reach freezing.

Crop Progress

Crop Activity

Percent Completed

This Week

Last Week

2013

5 Yr. Avg.

Winter wheat planted 95 93 93 96
Winter wheat emerged 74 70 70 79

 

Crop Condition

Crop

% Acreage

VP

P

F

G

EX

Winter Wheat  4 11 61 23 1
Spring Wheat - - - - -
Barley - - - - -
VP=Very Poor  P=Poor  F=Fair  G=Good  EX=Excellent
*Crop conditions are a measurement of the growing conditions 
and are not indicative of the quality of the crop produced.

 

Soil Moisture

Item

Very Short (%)

Short (%)

Adequate (%)

Surplus (%)

Topsoil moisture 14 36 48 1
Subsoil moisture 17 47 34 2

 

 

Information Courtesy of AWIS. Report released Oct. 27, 2014

Washington State University USDA USDA/NASS- Washington Field Office
Cooperative Extension Service Farm Service Agency Christopher Mertz
Richard Koenig Judith Olson NW Regional Director
Dean/Director, WSU Extension State Executive Director