The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly Report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz.:
Cotton setting bolls is 95 percent complete behind last year’s 98 percent and the five-year average of 98 percent. Cotton conditions are good to excellent. Harvesting is underway in the Yuma area.
Most alfalfa is in fair to good condition. Harvesting is active on more than three-fourths of Arizona’s acreage. Range and pasture conditions vary from very poor to excellent depending on the location.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Arizona growers shipped miscellaneous melons this week.
Temperatures were above normal across Arizona for the week ending Aug. 22, ranging from 1 degree above normal at Buckeye to 9 degrees above normal at Aguila and Grand Canyon.
The highest temperature of the week was 112 degrees at Yuma. The lowest reading at 46 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded in 17 of the 22 stations this week. Paloma received the least at .01 inches of precipitation. Willcox received the most at 1.33 inches of precipitation. Six of the 22 weather stations have below normal precipitation to date mostly in northern Arizona.