The latest Arizona agriculture update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., field office:
Cotton harvesting is 53 percent complete, ahead of last year at 48 percent, and ahead of the five-year average of 47 percent. Cotton conditions are fair to excellent.
Alfalfa harvest remains active on over three-quarters of Arizona’s acreage. Alfalfa conditions range from poor to good. Range and pasture conditions vary from mostly very poor to poor, depending on location and elevation.
Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, and lemons. Western Arizona growers shipped spinach, cantaloupes, honeydews, and miscellaneous melons this week.
Temperatures were below normal across Arizona for the week ending Nov. 1, ranging from 13 degrees below normal at St. Johns to 3 degrees below normal at Yuma. The highest temperature was 94 degrees at Paloma and the lowest reading of 8 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was reported at 5 of the 22 stations. St. Johns received the most at .24 inches and Flagstaff received the least at 0.01 inches of precipitation. There are no reporting stations that have received above normal precipitation.