Arizona Agri-Weekly: statewide precipitation below normal

Arizona Agri-Weekly: statewide precipitation below normal

All Arizona weather stations, except in Kingman, have below normal precipitation to date; Cotton planting is 94 percent complete - 5 percentage points ahead of last year; Alfalfa condition is mostly good to excellent - harvest is active in nearly all areas; Arizona growers ship onions, potatoes, and various melons.

The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly Report from the Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, released May 23.

Field crops

Cotton planting is 94 percent complete, 5 percentage points ahead of last year, and 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

Alfalfa condition is mostly good to excellent. Harvesting is active in nearly all areas of Arizona.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

This week Arizona growers shipped onions, potatoes and various melons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were below normal across the state for the week ending May 22nd, ranging from 11 degrees below normal at Paloma to 3 degrees below normal at Douglas, Grand Canyon, and Prescott.

The highest temperature of the week was 94 degrees at various cities. The lowest reading was 25 degrees at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was recorded at 11 of the 22 weather stations. Precipitation ranged from .01 inches in Phoenix to 0.82 inches in St. Johns. All of the weather stations across the state, except Kingman, have below normal precipitation to date.