The latest Arizona agriculture update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., field office:
• Field Crops
Cotton harvesting is 70 percent complete, ahead of last year at 59 percent, and ahead of the five-year average of 65 percent. Cotton conditions remain fair to excellent.
The 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 the location and elevation.
• Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, and lemons.
Western Arizona growers shipped Chinese cabbage, broccoli, Boston, iceberg, and romaine lettuce, green leaf and red leaf lettuce, bok choy, spinach, cantaloupes, honeydews, and other miscellaneous melons this week.
• Weather summary
Temperatures were above normal across Arizona for the week ending Nov. 15, ranging from 2 degrees above normal at Parker to 9 degrees above normal at Phoenix, Safford, and Willcox. The highest temperature of the week was 94 degrees at Coolidge, and the lowest reading of 8 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was reported at 8 of the 22 stations. Canyon de Chelly and St. Johns received .05 inches and Flagstaff received .68 inches of precipitation. No reporting stations showed precipitation above normal for the year.