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Arizona Agri-Weekly: Cotton harvest expands

Arizona Agri-Weekly: Cotton harvest expands

Arizona cotton boll opening 98 percent complete. Cotton harvest expands beyond Yuma. Growers ship cantaloupe, honeydew, miscellaneous melons, and lemons. Highest temperature of week: 103 degrees in Yuma.

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

Field crops

Cotton boll opening is 98 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 97 percent but below the 5-year average of 99. Cotton conditions are mostly good to excellent. Harvesting is winding down in the Yuma area and is now under way in other areas of Arizona.

Most alfalfa is in fair to good condition. Harvesting is active on over two-thirds of the state’s acreage.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, miscellaneous melons, and lemons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were above average across Arizona for the week ending Oct. 17, ranging from 1 degree above normal at Canyon De Chelly to 9 degrees above normal at Yuma.

The highest temperature of the week was 103 degrees at Yuma. The lowest reading at 30 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon and Flagstaff.

Precipitation was recorded in four of the 22 weather stations this week. Willcox received the least at .01 inches of precipitation. Tucson received the most at .16 inches.

Eight of the 22 weather stations remain at below normal precipitation to date, mostly in the northern areas of the state. 

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