The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office:
Cotton squaring is 70 percent complete, behind last year at 76 percent, and behind the five-year average of 84 percent. About 25 percent of the acreage has set bolls. Cotton conditions mostly range from fair to good.
Small grain harvest is entering the final stage.
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 good depending on the location. Most areas are in poor to fair condition.
Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, seedless watermelons, other melons, and onions.
Western Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, seedless watermelons, and other melons.
Temperatures were mostly above normal across Arizona for the week ending July 11, ranging from 3 degrees below normal at Paloma and Parker to 5 degrees above normal at various locations.
The highest temperature of the week was 113 degrees F at Parker. The lowest reading at 36 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded at 8 of the 22 stations. Canyon De Chelly and Grand Canyon received .01 inches of precipitation. Payson received .10 inches of precipitation.