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Arizona Agri-Weekly: cotton harvest 40 percent complete

Arizona Agri-Weekly: cotton harvest 40 percent complete

The Arizona cotton harvest is 40 percent complete; the same as last year but below the five-year average of 46 percent; Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, and lemons; The weather station in Roll, Ariz., is the only weather station statewide with above normal precipitation for the year. 

The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Phoenix, Ariz., released Oct. 31, 2011.

Field crops

Cotton harvesting is 40 percent complete, the same as last year but below the five-year average of 46 percent. The condition of the cotton crop varies from fair to excellent.

Alfalfa condition is mostly fair to good. Harvesting is active on more than two-thirds of the state’s acreage.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, and lemons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly above normal for the week ending Oct. 30, ranging from 3 degrees below normal at Parker to 8 degrees above normal at Douglas and Prescott.

The highest temperature of the week was 99 degrees at Yuma. The lowest reading was 20 degrees at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was recorded in 10 of the 22 weather stations. The least precipitation was recorded in Prescott with 0.03 inches. The most precipitation was recorded in Canyon De Chelly with 0.89 inches.

Roll is the only weather station with above normal precipitation for the year. Six of the weather stations have received precipitation above 80 percent of normal. 

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