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Washington Grain Crop Progress & Condition For The Week Ending Oct. 19, 2014

Fall field work continued in Washington

Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.7. Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 15% very poor, 19% poor, 40% fair, 22% good and 4% excellent. In western Washington, heavy rains slowed field work. Apple harvest was nearly complete while corn mazes and pumpkin patches were in full swing. In central Washington, temperatures were generally above normal which were perfect for fall fieldwork. Yakima County received about 0.10 inch of rain over the week with no frosts experienced during night-time lows. Pumpkins and squash made their way into the market. Red Delicious, Fuji and Pink Lady apples also made it into farmer’s markets. High moisture corn and corn silage continued to be harvested throughout the week. Other crops that were being harvested were onions, carrots, apples, pears, dry corn, pumpkin, buckwheat, wine and concord grapes. Reports in the southeast region reported that weather conditions are still very dry and are in need of moisture to help with the winter wheat conditions.

Crop Progress

Crop Activity

Percent Completed

This Week

Last Week

2013

5 Yr. Avg.

Winter wheat planted 93 88 89 93
Winter wheat emerged 70 64 67 74

 

Crop Condition

Crop

% Acreage

VP

P

F

G

EX

Winter Wheat  5 11 60 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 19 39 40 2
Subsoil moisture 19 47 33 1

 

 

Information Courtesy of AWIS. Report released Oct. 20, 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