The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service:
Cotton squaring is 97 percent complete, just behind last year, and the five-year average of 99 percent. The hot weather has favored boll setting as 75 percent of the acreage has set bolls. Cotton conditions are mostly good.
Most alfalfa is in fair to excellent condition. Harvesting is active on over three-fourths of the state’s acreage. Range and pasture conditions vary from very poor to fair depending on the location.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Central and Western Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, seedless watermelons, and other miscellaneous melons.
Temperatures were mostly below normal across Arizona for the week ending Aug. 1, ranging from 5 degrees below normal at Parker and Payson to 8 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon.
The highest temperature of the week was 111 degrees at Yuma. The lowest reading at 52 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded at 19 of the 22 stations this week. Kingman received .01 inches of precipitation and Payson received 3.2 inches of precipitation. Four of the 22 weather stations have below normal precipitation to date, mostly in the northern areas of the state.