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Arizona Agri-Weekly: alfalfa condition poor to excellent

Arizona Agri-Weekly: alfalfa condition poor to excellent

The condition of the Arizona alfalfa crop ranges from poor to excellent depending on the location; Western Arizona growers ship arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and other winter vegetables, plus various citrus; Precipitation recorded in 20 of the 22 Arizona weather stations. 

The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz., released Feb. 28.

Field crops

Alfalfa condition remains variable ranging from poor to excellent depending on the location. Harvesting is still active in some areas of Arizona. Sheeping off remains active in many areas.

Range and pasture condition is mostly fair to good, but a significant amount is in very poor to poor condition.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

This week Central Arizona growers shipped bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cilantro, kale, parsley, and various citrus.

Western Arizona growers shipped arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, endive, escarole, frisee, kale, Boston, green leaf, iceberg, red leaf, romaine lettuce, parsley, radicchio, spinach, and various citrus.

Weather summary

Temperatures were below normal across Arizona for the week ending Feb. 27, ranging from 9 degrees below normal at Aguila and Parker to 3 degrees below normal at various locations.

The highest temperature of the week was 73 degrees at Marana and Tucson. The lowest reading was 3 degrees below zero at Flagstaff.

Precipitation was recorded in 20 of the 22 weather stations, ranging from 0.01 inches in St. John’s to 0.83 inches in Flagstaff. Only the station in Kingman has above average precipitation in 2011. 

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