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Arizona Agri-Weekly update

The latest Arizona agriculture update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz. Field Office:

• Field crops

Small grain harvesting was virtually complete across Arizona, nearly the same as the 5-year average.

Cotton squaring is complete on 87 percent of the acreage. Bolls are set on 55 percent of the acreage behind the 5-year average of 62 percent.

Alfalfa harvest remains active on over three-quarters of the state’s acreage. Alfalfa conditions are mostly good to excellent. Range and pasture conditions vary from mostly very poor to good, depending on location and elevation.

• Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes plus seeded and seedless watermelons this week.

• Weather summary

Temperatures were above normal across Arizona for the week, ranging from 4 degrees above normal at Canyon De Chelley and Winslow to 12 degrees above normal at Payson.

The highest temperature of the week was 117 degrees at Roll and the lowest reading of 41 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was reported at 13 of the 22 stations. Maricopa received the most at .34 inches of precipitation. Douglas, Kingman, and Winslow received the least with 0.01 inches. Willcox is the only reporting station with above normal precipitation to date.

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