- Water-deficit Arizona gets much needed rain from summer monsoon. The major cotton-growing area of Safford received about 1 inch.
- Cotton squaring is 85 percent complete compared to the five-year average of 74 percent.
- Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, mixed and miscellaneous melons, watermelons, onions, and potatoes.
The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Phoenix released July 9, 2012.
Cotton squaring is complete on 85 percent of the acreage compared to the five-year average of 74 percent. Thirty-five percent of the cotton acreage have set bolls. Cotton conditions are mostly fair to excellent.
Alfalfa conditions continue mostly fair to excellent across the state. The alfalfa harvest is active on more than three-quarters of the growing area across the state.
The durum wheat harvest is virtually complete.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, mixed and miscellaneous melons, watermelons, onions, and potatoes.
Temperatures were near normal across Arizona for the week ending July 8, ranging from 5 degrees below normal at Parker to 7 degrees above normal at the Grand Canyon.
The highest temperature of the week was 112 degrees at Roll. The lowest reading was 41 degrees at the Grand Canyon.
Eighteen of the 21 weather stations recorded precipitation for the week ending July 8. Flagstaff received the least at .01 inches. Safford received the most at 1.01 inches.
All weather stations are below 75 percent of normal precipitation for the year, except for Safford at 77 percent.