Farm Progress

Cotton planting in Arizona is 90 percent complete;Alfalfa crop in good to excellent condition;Arizona growers shipped onions, potatoes, and melons;Temperatures mostly below normal across Arizona. 

May 16, 2011

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The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Arizona Field Office, released May 16.

Field crops

Cotton planting is 90 percent complete, 8 percentage points ahead of last year and the five-year average.

Alfalfa condition is mostly good to excellent. Harvesting is active in nearly all areas of the state.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers shipped onions, potatoes, and various melons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly below normal across Arizona for the week ending May 15th, ranging from 8 degrees below normal at Paloma to 2 degrees above normal at Prescott.

The highest temperature of the week was 101 degrees at Phoenix and Roll. The lowest reading was 22 degrees at Flagstaff and Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was recorded in six of the 22 weather stations. Precipitation ranged from .01 inches in Winslow to 0.18 inches in Canyon De Chelly. All of the weather stations across the state except Kingman have below normal precipitation to date. 

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