The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Phoenix released Aug. 6, 2012.
Cotton squaring was virtually complete compared to the five-year average of 98 percent. About 82 percent of the cotton acreage has set bolls compared to the five-year average of 81 percent.
Cotton conditions are fair to excellent. Cotton bolls have opened on 15 percent of the acreage.
Alfalfa conditions range from fair to excellent depending on the location. The harvest is active on more than three-quarters of the growing areas across Arizona.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Arizona growers shipped watermelons last week.
Temperatures were generally above average across Arizona for the week ending Aug. 5, ranging from 4 degrees below normal at Parker to 6 degrees above normal at the Grand Canyon.
The highest temperature of the week was 111 degrees at Paloma, Phoenix, and Roll. The lowest reading was 49 degrees at the Grand Canyon.
Nineteen of the 21 weather stations recorded precipitation. Buckeye and Winslow received the least at 0.01 inches. Flagstaff received the most at 1.26 inches.