The latest Arizona agriculture update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office:
Cotton bolls are set on 95 percent of the acreage, ahead of last year at 93 percent, but behind the five-year average at 96 percent. Opening of bolls is at 30 percent, ahead of last year’s 29 percent, and the five-year average of 27 percent. Cotton conditions are fair to excellent depending on the location.
Alfalfa harvest remains active on more than three-quarters of Arizona’s acreage. Alfalfa conditions range from fair to excellent. Range and pasture conditions vary from mostly very poor to fair depending on location.
Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops
Arizona growers shipped miscellaneous melons this week.
Temperatures were mostly above normal across Arizona for the week ending Aug. 16 ranging from 4 degrees below normal at Parker to 5 degrees above normal at Aguila, Payson, and Prescott.
The highest temperature of the week was 110 degrees at Phoenix and the lowest reading of 32 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was reported at 17 of the 22 stations. Paloma received 0.01 inches and Douglas received 1.44 inches of precipitation. Willcox is the only reporting station with above normal precipitation to date.