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Arizona Agri-Weekly: 95 percent of cotton bolls open

Arizona Agri-Weekly: 95 percent of cotton bolls open

2011 Arizona cotton harvest is 20 percent complete; The cotton and alfalfa crops are rated fair to excellent; Temperatures for the week of Sept. 26 were higher than normal with 106 degrees at Roll and Yuma. 

The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly Report from the Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, released Oct. 3, 2011.

Field crops

Arizona’s Upland cotton crop has boll opening on 95 percent of the acreage. Harvest is 20 percent complete; the same as the five-year average. The condition of the cotton crop varies from fair to excellent.

Alfalfa condition is mostly fair to excellent. Harvesting is active on over two-thirds of the acreage across the state.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers harvested miscellaneous melons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were above normal for the week ending Oct. 2, ranging from one degree above normal at Parker to 10 degrees above normal at Douglas and Prescott.

The highest temperature of the week was 106 degrees at Roll and Yuma. The lowest reading was 36 degrees at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was recorded in 10 of the 22 weather stations. The least precipitation was recorded in Canyon De Chelly with 0.02 inches. The most precipitation was recorded in Prescott with 0.39 inches. Roll and Tucson are the only weather stations with above normal precipitation since January. 

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