Arizona Agri-Weekly: cotton boll set at 90 percent

Arizona Agri-Weekly: cotton boll set at 90 percent

Ninety percent of Arizona’s cotton acreage has set bolls with boll opening at 37 percent mostly along the Colorado River; The condition of the cotton crop is mostly good to excellent; Precipitation was recorded in 12 of the 22 weather stations with 1.63 inches recorded in Willcox in southeastern Arizona. 

The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office released Aug. 15.

Field crops

Ninety percent of Arizona’s cotton acreage has set bolls; slightly behind the five-year average. Boll opening is at 37 percent mostly along the Colorado River. The condition of the cotton crop is mostly good to excellent.

Alfalfa condition is mostly good to excellent. Harvesting is active on over three-fourths of the acreage across the state.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers harvested cantaloupes, honeydews, and other melons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly above normal for the week ending Aug. 14, ranging from 4 degrees below normal at Parker to 8 degrees above normal at Aguila and Prescott.

The highest temperature of the week was 111 degrees at Roll. The lowest reading was 42 degrees at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was recorded in 12 of the 22 weather stations. The least precipitation was recorded in Flagstaff with 0.01 inches. The most precipitation was recorded in Willcox with 1.63 inches. Willcox is the only area with above normal precipitation to date. 

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