Here is the latest Arizona crop and weather news from the National Agricultural Statistics Service – Phoenix, Ariz. office.
• Field Crops
Durum wheat and barley are mature on at least 75 percent of the acreage. Small grain harvesting remains active across Arizona. Cotton squaring is complete on at least 12 percent of the acreage across the state.
Alfalfa harvest remains active on over three-quarters of Arizona’s acreage. Alfalfa conditions remain mostly good to excellent.
• Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, carrots, honeydews, miscellaneous melons, dry onions, seeded and seedless watermelons, and potatoes this week. Western growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, miscellaneous melons, and seedless watermelons.
• Weather Summary
Temperatures varied above and below normal across Arizona, ranging from 4 degrees below normal at Paloma and Roll to 4 degrees above normal at Phoenix and Prescott. The highest temperature of the week was 109 degrees at Yuma and the lowest reading of 27 degrees occurred at the Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was reported at 1 of the 22 stations. There are still no reporting stations with above-normal precipitation to date.