The latest Arizona agriculture update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., field office:
• Field crops
Cotton harvesting is 65 percent complete, ahead of last year at 53 percent, and ahead of the five-year average of 57 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 fair depending on the 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.
• Weather summary
Temperatures were above normal across Arizona for the week ending Nov. 8, ranging from 2 degrees above normal at Parker to 12 degrees above normal at Prescott. The highest temperature of the week was 98 degrees at Coolidge and the lowest reading of 19 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
No precipitation was reported at any of the 22 stations. No reporting stations had above normal precipitation.