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Arizona Agri-Weekly: alfalfa crop good to excellent

Arizona Agri-Weekly: alfalfa crop good to excellent

Alfalfa crop condition is in mostly good to excellent; Alfalfa harvest is active on more than three quarters of the state’s acreage; Cotton squaring is virtually complete – 85 percent of the acreage has set bolls. 

The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz. released Aug. 8.

Field crops

Cotton squaring is virtually complete. Eighty-five percent of the acreage has set bolls slightly behind the five-year average. Boll opening is at 30 percent mostly along the Colorado River. The condition of the cotton crop is mostly good to excellent.

Alfalfa condition is mostly good to excellent. Harvesting is active on more than three quarters of the state’s acreage.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers harvested cantaloupe, honeydew, and other miscellaneous melons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly above normal for the week ending Aug. 7 ranging from 5 degrees below normal at Parker to 6 degrees above normal at various locations.

The highest temperature of the week was 115 degrees at Roll and Yuma. The lowest reading was 41 degrees at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was recorded in 16 of the 22 weather stations. The least precipitation was recorded in Kingman with 0.01 inches. The most precipitation was recorded in Willcox with 1.10 inches. Roll is the only area that has above normal precipitation to date. 

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