The latest Arizona agriculture update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office:
• Field crops
Durum wheat and barley harvesting is wrapping up across Arizona.
Cotton squaring is complete on 79 percent of the acreage, behind the 5-year average of 90 percent. Bolls are set on 44 percent of the acreage, same as last year, but behind the 5-year average.
Alfalfa harvest remains active on over three-quarters of the state’s acreage. Alfalfa conditions remain mostly good to excellent. Range and pasture conditions vary from very poor to good, depending on location.
• Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, miscellaneous melons, dry onions, seeded and seedless watermelons, and potatoes this week. Western growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, and seedless watermelons.
Temperatures were mostly above normal across Arizona for the week ending July 12, ranging from 1 degree below normal at Parker to 10 degrees above normal at Payson.
The highest temperature of the week was 114 degrees at Paloma, Roll, and Phoenix while the lowest reading of 37 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was reported at 10 of the 22 stations. Grand Canyon received 0.01 inches and Willcox received 1.73 inches of precipitation. Rain to date is above normal in Tucson and Willcox.