The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office:
Cotton squaring is 80 percent complete, behind last year at 86 percent and behind the five-year average of 91 percent. Extremely hot weather has favored boll setting as 50 percent of the acreage has set bolls. Cotton conditions are mostly good.
The harvest of small grains is almost complete.
Most alfalfa is in fair to excellent condition. Harvesting is active on over three-fourths of the state’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 above normal across Arizona for the week ending July 18, ranging from 3 degrees above normal at Canyon de Chelly, Paloma, and Parker to 9 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon.
The highest temperature of the week was 113 degrees at Maricopa, Phoenix, and Yuma. The lowest reading at 46 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon and Canyon De Chelly.
Precipitation was recorded in 10 of the 22 stations this week. Winslow received .01 inches of precipitation. Flagstaff received .65 inches of precipitation. Six of the 22 weather stations have below normal precipitation to date, mostly in the northern areas of the state.