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Arizona cotton boll opening hits 96 percent, alfalfa rated fair to good

As of Oct. 8, open cotton bolls had occurred on 96 percent of Arizona’s cotton acreage, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service-Arizona office. This was the same percentage as 2005 but three percentage points lower than the five-year average. Harvesting was completed on 21 percent of the acreage, compared to 18 percent last year and the five-year average of 20 percent.

Cotton’s condition was rated 48 percent good, 32 percent fair, and 10 percent excellent.

On the alfalfa front, the crop continued to be mostly good to fair. Statewide, 39 percent was rated good, 34 percent fair, 13 percent excellent and poor, and 1 percent very poor.

The alfalfa harvest was active on over three-quarters of the state’s acreage.

Range and pasture conditions across Arizona remained mostly very poor to fair – 36 percent very poor, 29 percent fair, 17 percent poor, 15 percent good and 3 percent excellent.

In vegetables, fruit and specialty crops last week, Central Arizona producers shipped cantaloupes and honeydews. Western Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, and lemons.

On the thermometer, temperatures across Arizona were mostly above normal – ranging from 3 degrees below normal at Yuma to 11 degrees above normal at Safford. The highest temperature of the week was 101 degrees at various locations, and the lowest reading occurred at the Grand Canyon at 27 degrees.

Precipitation was reported at 18 of the 22 reporting stations. Canyon De Chelly received the most precipitation at 1.01 inches. Paloma received the least amount at .01 inches.

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