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Arizona Agri-Weekly: cotton harvest 17 percent complete

Arizona Agri-Weekly: cotton harvest 17 percent complete

The Arizona upland cotton crop has boll opening on 88 percent of the acreage. Cotton harvest is 17 percent complete - slightly ahead of the five-year average. Rain recorded at three of the state’s 22 AZMET weather stations. 

The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, released Sept. 28. 2011.

Field crops

The Arizona upland cotton crop has boll opening on 88 percent of the acreage. Harvesting is 17 percent complete, slightly ahead of 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 more than three-quarters of the acreage across the state.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers harvested miscellaneous melons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly above normal for the week ending Sept. 25, ranging from two degrees below normal at Parker to 9 degrees above normal at Phoenix.

The highest temperature was 111 degrees at Roll. The lowest reading was 33 degrees at Flagstaff.

Precipitation was recorded in three of the 22 weather stations. The least precipitation was recorded in Douglas and Flagstaff with 0.01 inches. The most precipitation was recorded in Paloma with 0.06 inches.

Roll and Tucson are the only weather stations statewide with above normal precipitation since January. 

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