The Arizona Agri-Weekly Report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz., released May 8, 2012.

Field crops

Cotton planting increased 10 percentage points from the previous week to 75 percent complete, ahead of the five-year average of 69 percent.

Alfalfa conditions are mostly fair to excellent depending on the location. Harvest has occurred on more than three-fourths of the growing areas across the state.

Nearly all of the state’s durum wheat crop has headed.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers shipped cabbage, onions , and potatoes.

Weather summary

Temperatures were generally above normal for the week ending May 6, ranging from 3 degrees below normal at Parker to 8 degrees above normal at Phoenix and Prescott.

The highest temperature of the week was 96 degrees at Paloma, Phoenix, and Roll. The lowest reading was 26 degrees at Grand Canyon.

There was no precipitation recorded at any weather station. All stations have below normal precipitation to date in 2012.