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Arizona Agri-Weekly: cotton, alfalfa, wet week

Arizona Agri-Weekly: cotton, alfalfa, wet week

Cotton harvest in Arizona nears completion, ahead of the five-year average of 96 percent. Alfalfa conditions vary from fair to excellent - harvest still active in some areas. Western and Central Arizona growers shipping winter vegetables and citrus. Precipitation recorded at all 22 Arizona weather stations. 

The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Phoenix, Ariz., for the week ending Jan. 2.

Field crops

Cotton harvesting is in its final stages, ahead of the five year average of 96 percent.

Alfalfa condition varies from fair to excellent. Harvesting is still active in some areas of Arizona. Sheeping off is active in many areas.

Range and pasture conditions vary from very poor to excellent. Last year at this time, 85 percent were very poor to poor. Currently, 33 percent are very poor to poor.

Arizona vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops

Central Arizona growers shipped bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cilantro, kale, parsley, and various citrus.

Western Arizona growers shipped arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, Chinese cabbage, curly, endive, escarole, frisee, kale, Boston, green leaf, iceberg, red leaf, romaine lettuce, parsley, radicchio, spinach, and various citrus.

Weather summary

Temperatures were below normal across Arizona for the week ending Jan. 2, ranging from 11 degrees below normal at Grand Canyon to 2 degrees below normal at Winslow.

The highest temperature of the week was 73 degrees at Roll. The lowest reading at 28 degrees below zero occurred at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was recorded in all 22 weather stations. The least was recorded in Roll with .01 inches. The most was recorded at Payson with 1.31 inches of precipitation. 

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