The latest Arizona agriculture update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office:
• Field Crops
Cotton squaring is virtually complete across Arizona. Bolls are set on 78 percent of the acreage ahead of the five year average of 76 percent.
Alfalfa harvest remains active on over three-quarters of the state’s acreage. Alfalfa conditions are mostly good to excellent. Range and pasture conditions vary from mostly very poor to good depending on location and elevation.
• Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops
Arizona growers shipped onions, potatoes, cantaloupes, and seeded and seedless watermelons.
• Weather summary
Temperatures were above normal across Arizona for the week ending July 26, ranging from normal at Parker to 8 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon and Payson. The highest temperature of the week was 114 degrees at Phoenix and the lowest reading of 49 degrees occurred at Flagstaff.
Precipitation was reported at 21 of the 22 stations. Grand Canyon received the most at 1.1 inches of precipitation. Coolidge and Yuma received the least with .01 inches. Willcox is the only reporting station with above normal precipitation to date.