The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service released Nov. 11, 2011.
Cotton harvesting is 60 percent complete which is slightly ahead of last year but below the five-year average of 67 percent.
The condition of the alfalfa crop remains mostly fair to good. Harvesting is active on just under half of the acreage across the state. Sheep are grazing on some alfalfa fields.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped cantaloupe, honeydew, and lemons.
Western Arizona growers shipped arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cantaloupe, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, honeydews, and various lettuces including Boston, iceberg, green leaf, red leaf and romaine. Also shipped were kale, parsley, and spinach.
Temperatures were mostly above normal for the week ending Nov. 20, ranging from 2 degrees below normal at Parker and Payson to 6 degrees above normal at Douglas and Grand Canyon.
The highest temperature of the week was 79 degrees at Coolidge, Phoenix, and Yuma. The lowest reading was 18 degrees at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded in 11 of the 22 weather stations. The least precipitation was recorded in Canyon De Chelly with 0.02 inches. The most precipitation was recorded in Tucson with 0.48 inches.
Roll and Tucson are the only weather stations with above normal precipitation for the year. Eight of the weather stations have received precipitation to date above 80 percent of normal.