The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz., released May 21, 2012.
Cotton planting is 97 percent complete – 4 percent ahead of last year and 8 percent ahead of the five-year average. Replanting has occurred in a few areas across the state. The crop is in mostly fair to good condition.
Alfalfa conditions continue mostly fair to excellent depending on the location. Harvest is underway in almost all growing areas across the state.
The durum wheat harvest is underway in a few areas.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Arizona growers shipped cabbage, cantaloupe, honeydew, mixed and miscellaneous melons, watermelon, onions, and potatoes.
Temperatures were above normal across Arizona for the week ending May 20, ranging from two degrees above normal at Paloma to 11 degrees above normal at Prescott.
The highest temperature of the week was 109 degrees at Roll and Yuma. The lowest reading was 27 degrees at Grand Canyon.
No precipitation was recorded in the 21 weather stations. All weather stations have received less than 75 percent of normal precipitation in 2012.