Field crops

Cotton boll opening is 85 percent complete, the same as last year but below the five-year average of 89 percent. Cotton conditions are mostly good to excellent. Harvesting is underway in the Yuma area.

Most alfalfa is in fair-to-good condition. Harvesting is active on over two-thirds of Arizona’s acreage.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers shipped miscellaneous melons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly above normal across Arizona for the week ending Sept. 26, ranging from 2 degrees below normal at Parker to 8 degrees above normal at Marana, Phoenix, and Prescott.

The highest temperature of the week was 113 degrees at Yuma. The lowest reading at 30 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was recorded at 12 of the 22 stations this week. Maricopa and Tucson received the least at .01 inches of precipitation. Payson received the most at 1.09 inches of precipitation.

Eight of the 22 weather stations remain at below normal precipitation to date, mostly in the northern areas of the state.