The latest Arizona agriculture update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., field office:
• Field crops
Cotton harvesting is 48 percent complete, ahead of last year at 40 percent, and ahead of the five-year average of 37 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
Arizona growers shipped miscellaneous melons this week.
• Weather summary
Most temperatures were above normal across Arizona for the week ending Oct. 25, ranging from 3 degrees below normal at Parker to 5 degrees above normal at four locations. The highest temperature of the week was 100 degrees at Phoenix and the lowest reading of 16 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was reported at 4 of the 22 stations. Douglas received the most at .12 inches and Canyon de Chelly received the least at 0.01 inches of precipitation. There are no reporting stations that have above normal precipitation levels to date.