The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Office in Phoenix released April 2, 2012.
Cotton planting is 20 percent complete; ahead of the five-year average of 16 percent.
Alfalfa conditions are mostly fair to excellent depending on the location. Harvest is occurring on three- quarters of the growing areas across Arizona.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Western Arizona growers shipped winter vegetables including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, Chinese cabbage, endive, escarole, frisee, kale greens, Boston, green leaf, iceberg, red leaf, romaine, and other lettuces, plus arugula, bok choy, parsley, radicchio, spinach, and citrus.
Central Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, kale greens, cilantro, parsley, and citrus.
Temperatures were mostly above normal for the week ending April 1 ranging from 12 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon to 2 degrees below normal at Parker.
The highest temperature of the week was 94 degrees at Phoenix. The lowest reading was 21 degrees at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was not recorded in any of the 21 weather stations. All weather stations have below normal precipitation to date in 2012.