Here is the latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report released on April 20, 2009, by the Arizona field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
• Field crops
Durum wheat and barley are headed on at least 60 percent of the acreage. Cotton planting is complete on 35 percent of the acreage across the state. Alfalfa harvest remains active on over three-quarters of the state’s acreage. Alfalfa conditions are 43 percent excellent and 31 percent good.
• Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops
Last week central Arizona growers continued to ship various citrus. Western Arizona growers continued to ship broccoli, cabbage, and various citrus. Lettuce shipments included green and red leaf, iceberg, and romaine.
• Weather summary
Temperatures were below normal at most of the reporting stations across Arizona for the week ending April 19, ranging from 8 degrees below normal at Coolidge to 2 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon.
The highest temperature of the week was 98 degrees at Roll, and the lowest reading of 12 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was reported at 4 of the 22 stations. Flagstaff received the most at 0.12 inches of precipitation. Grand Canyon and Tucson received the least with 0.01 inches.
With this week’s limited precipitation, there are no stations with above normal precipitation for the year to date.