October 5, 2010
Cotton boll opening in Arizona is 94 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 89 percent but the same as the five-year average. Cotton conditions are mostly good to excellent. Harvest is underway in the Yuma area.
Most alfalfa is in fair to good condition. Harvesting is active on over three-quarters of the state’s acreage.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes and honeydews.
Temperatures were above normal across Arizona for the week ending Oct. 3, ranging from 3 degrees above normal at Parker to 14 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon and Prescott.
The highest temperature of the week was 111 degrees at Yuma. The lowest reading at 36 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded in 9 of the 22 stations this week. Roll received the least at .01 inches of precipitation. Prescott received the most at .87 inches. Eight of the 22 weather stations remain at below normal precipitation mostly in northern Arizona.
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