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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 are headed on 75 and 90 percent of the acreage, respectively. Cotton planting is complete on 50 percent of the acreage across Arizona.

Alfalfa conditions are fair to excellent depending on the location. Most areas are in good to excellent condition. Harvesting is active on over 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 excellent condition.

Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops

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

Western Arizona growers shipped broccoli, kale, iceberg and romaine lettuce, and Swiss chard.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly below normal across Arizona for the week ending April 25, ranging from 8 degrees below normal at Parker to 3 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon.

The highest temperature of the week was 96 degrees at Phoenix. The lowest reading at 18 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was reported at 15 of the 22 stations this week. Roll and Yuma received .01 inches of precipitation and Grand Canyon received .59 inches of precipitation. Only two of the 22 weather stations have below normal precipitation for 2010.

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