The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service FieldOffice in Phoenix, Ariz., released April 17, 2012.
Cotton planting increased 13 percentage points from the previous week to 38 percent complete, ahead of the five-year average of 29 percent.
Alfalfa conditions remain mostly fair to excellent depending on the location. Harvest has occurred on 80 percent of the growing areas across the state.
Two-thirds of Arizona’s durum wheat crop has headed.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, kale greens, and parsley.
Western Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, kale greens, Boston, green leaf, iceberg, red leaf, romaine, and processed lettuces. Also shipped were parsley, spinach, and Swiss chard.
Temperatures were mostly above normal for the week ending April 15, ranging from 6 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon to 8 degrees below normal at Parker.
The highest temperature of the week was 95 degrees at Roll. The lowest reading was 23 degrees at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded in 16 of the 22 weather stations, ranging from 0.01 inches in Maricopa to 0.84 inches in Kingman.
All weather stations have below normal precipitation to date in 2012.