The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly Report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz.:
Cotton squaring is 95 percent complete, equal to last year and just behind the five-year, 96 percent average. Extremely hot weather has favored boll setting as 70 percent of the acreage has set bolls. Cotton conditions are mostly good.
Most alfalfa is in fair to good condition. Harvesting is active on over three fourths of Arizona’s acreage. Range and pasture conditions vary from very poor to fair depending on the location. Most areas are in poor to fair condition.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Central and western Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, seedless watermelons, and other miscellaneous melons.
Temperatures were mostly above normal across Arizona for the week ending July 25, ranging from 2 degrees below normal at Paloma and Parker to 11 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon.
The highest temperature of the week was 112 degrees at Yuma. The lowest reading at 50 degrees occurred at Flagstaff.
Precipitation was recorded in 16 of the 22 stations. Coolidge received .03 inches of precipitation. St. Johns received 1.76 inches of precipitation. Six of the 22 weather stations have below normal precipitation to date, mostly in the northern areas of the state.