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Rare widespread rainfall is a blessing across Arizona cropping land;Arizona’s upland cotton crop has boll opening on 85 percent of the acreage;Cotton and alfalfa in mostly fair-to-excellent condition. 

September 21, 2011

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The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly Report from the Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Field crops

Arizona’s upland cotton crop has boll opening on 85 percent of the acreage. Harvesting is 15 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 over three-fourths of the acreage across the state.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers harvested miscellaneous melons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly below normal for the week ending Sept. 18, ranging from six degrees below normal at Parker and Roll to 4 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon.

The highest temperature of the week was 103 degrees at Buckeye, Roll, and Yuma. The lowest reading was 38 degrees at Flagstaff.

Precipitation was recorded in 21 of the 22 weather stations. The least precipitation was recorded in Phoenix with 0.02 inches. The most precipitation was recorded in Tucson with 3.54 inches. Roll, Tucson, and Willcox are the weather stations with above normal precipitation for the week. 

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