The Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz., released April 9, 2012.
Cotton planting is 25 percent complete, ahead of the five-year average of 21 percent.
Alfalfa conditions are mostly fair to excellent depending on the location. Harvest is underway on three-quarters of the growing areas across Arizona.
A third of Arizona’s durum wheat crop has headed.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, kale greens, cilantro, parsley, and citrus.
Western Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, Chinese cabbage, endive, escarole, frisee, kale greens, Boston, green leaf, iceberg, red leaf, romaine, and other lettuces. Also shipped were anise, arugula, bok choy, parsley, spinach and citrus.
Temperatures were mostly above normal for the week ending April 8, ranging from 5 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon to 5 degrees below normal at Parker.
The highest temperature was 92 degrees at Coolidge. The lowest reading was 10 degrees at Grand Canyon.
No precipitation was recorded in the 21 weather stations. All weather stations have below normal precipitation to date in 2012.