The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Arizona Field Office in Phoenix released Nov. 28, 2011.
Cotton harvesting is 67 percent complete which is slightly ahead of last year but below the five-year average of 71 percent.
Alfalfa conditions are mostly poor to good. Harvesting is active on about half of the acreage across Arizona. Sheep are grazing on some alfalfa fields.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, Chinese cabbage, cilantro, honeydew, kale, parsley, spinach, Swiss chard, and lemons.
Western Arizona growers shipped arrugula, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, celery, endive, escarole, frisee, honeydew, and various lettuces including Boston, iceberg, green leaf, red leaf, and romaine. Also shipped were kale, parsley, and spinach.
Temperatures were above normal for the week ending Nov. 27; ranging from 1 degree above normal at Canyon De Chelly, Coolidge, Kingman, and Parker to 7 degrees above normal at Douglas.
The highest temperature of the week was 83 degrees at Coolidge. The lowest reading was 13 degrees at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded in 12 of the 22 weather stations. The least precipitation was recorded in Phoenix and Winslow with 0.02 inches. The most precipitation was recorded in Douglas with 0.63 inches.
Roll and Tucson are the only weather stations with above normal precipitation for the year. Eight of the weather stations statewide have precipitation to date above 80 percent of normal.