The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz.:
Cotton boll opening is at 50 percent complete, behind last year’s 53 percent and the five-year average of 60 percent. Cotton conditions are good to excellent. Harvesting is underway in the Yuma area.
Most alfalfa is in fair to good condition. Harvesting is active on over three-fourths of the state’s acreage.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Arizona growers shipped miscellaneous melons this week.
Temperatures were mostly above normal across Arizona for the week ending Sept. 5, ranging from 7 degrees below normal at Parker to 5 degrees above normal at Marana, Phoenix, and Prescott.
The highest temperature of the week was 115 degrees at Yuma. The lowest reading at 33 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded at four of the 22 stations this week. St. Johns received the least at .03 inches of precipitation. Douglas/Bisbee received the most at 1.25 inches of precipitation.
Six of the 22 weather stations remain at below normal precipitation, mostly in northern Arizona.