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Arizona Agri-Weekly report

The following is the latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office.

Field crops

Durum wheat and barley is headed on at least two-thirds of Arizona’s acreage.

Cotton planting is complete on 32 percent of the acreage. Western area planting is wrapping up. Central and eastern growing areas are just getting underway.

Alfalfa conditions are fair to excellent depending on the location. Harvest is active on more than two-thirds of the state’s acreage. Range and pasture conditions vary from very poor to excellent depending on the location. Most areas are in fair to good condition.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Central Arizona growers shipped red and green cabbage, cilantro, greens, parsley, potatoes, and spinach.

Western Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, cabbage, greens, iceberg, and romaine lettuce, and green leaf, red leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, and spinach.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly above normal across Arizona for the week ending April 18 ranging from 6 degrees below normal at Parker to 7 degrees above normal at Safford.

The highest temperature of the week was 93 degrees at Buckeye and Maricopa. The lowest reading of 19 degrees occurred at Flagstaff.

Precipitation was reported at 5 of the 22 stations. Prescott received the least at .01 inches of precipitation and Kingman received the most at .11 inches of precipitation. Two of the 22 weather stations have below normal precipitation in 2010.

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