The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office:
Cotton setting bolls is 85 percent complete, behind last year’s 94 percent and the five-year average of 94 percent. Cotton conditions are good to excellent.
Most alfalfa is in fair to good condition. Harvesting is active on over three-fourths of the state’s acreage. Range and pasture conditions vary from very poor to good depending on the location.
Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops
Arizona growers shipped seedless watermelons this week.
Temperatures were mostly above normal across Arizona for the week ending Aug. 15, ranging from 6 degrees below normal at Parker to 7 degrees above normal at Douglas and Willcox.
The highest temperature of the week was 111 degrees at Roll. The lowest reading at 38 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded in 6 of the 22 stations this week. Winslow received the least at .02 inches of precipitation. Douglas received the most at .31 inches of precipitation.
Five of the 22 weather stations have below normal precipitation to date, mostly in the northern areas of the state.