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Arizona Agri-Weekly: all weather stations at below normal rainfall

Arizona Agri-Weekly: all weather stations at below normal rainfall

Precipitation was recorded in 16 of the 21 weather stations yet all weather stations have below normal precipitation in 2012. Alfalfa conditions remain mostly fair to good depending on the location. The Arizona winter vegetable season is nearing the end. 

The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz., released March 26, 2012.

Field crops

Alfalfa conditions remain mostly fair to good depending on the location. Harvest has picked up and occurring on three-quarters of the Arizona growing areas.

Cotton planting is active in the western part of the state.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Western Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, Chinese cabbage, endive, escarole, frisee, kale greens, Boston, green leaf, iceberg, red leaf, romaine, and other lettuces. Also shipped were arugula, bok choy, parsley, radicchio, spinach, and citrus.

Central Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, kale greens, cilantro, parsley, and citrus.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly below normal for the week ending March 25, ranging from 2 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon to 4 degrees below normal at various stations.

The highest temperature of the week was 89 degrees at Roll. The lowest reading was 1 degree below zero at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was recorded in 16 of the 21 weather stations. Three stations received the least at 0.01 inches. Flagstaff received the most at 1.02 inches.

All weather stations have below normal precipitation in 2012. 

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