The latest Arizona agriculture update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz. Field Office:
Small grain harvesting remains active across Arizona with at least half of the acreage complete.
Cotton squaring is completed on 39 percent of the acreage across the state. Bolls are set on 15 percent of the acreage, just behind the five year average.
Alfalfa harvest remains active on over three-quarters of the state’s acreage. Alfalfa conditions remain good to excellent. Range and pasture conditions vary from very poor to good, depending on the location and elevation.
Vegetables, fruit & specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, miscellaneous melons, potatoes, and seeded and seedless watermelons this week. Western growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, miscellaneous melons, and seeded and seedless watermelons.
Temperatures were mostly above normal across Arizona for the week ending June 28, ranging from 4 degrees below normal at Parker to 8 degrees above normal at Payson.
The highest temperature of the week was 112 degrees at Buckeye and the lowest reading of 32 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was reported at 12 of the 22 stations. Grand Canyon received the most with .49 inches of precipitation. Tucson received the least with .01 inches. Willcox continues to be the only reporting station with above normal precipitation to date.