Arizona Agri-Weekly, June 15

The latest Arizona agriculture update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service – Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office:

Field crops

Durum wheat is mature on at least 80 percent of Arizona’s acreage. Barley is mature on 90 percent of the acreage. Small grain harvesting remains active.

Cotton squaring is completed on 22 percent of the acreage, behind last year and the five-year average.

Alfalfa harvest remains active on over three-quarters of the state’s acreage. Alfalfa conditions remain mostly good to excellent. Range and pasture conditions vary from mostly very poor to excellent depending on the location.

Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops

Central Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, carrots, honeydews, miscellaneous melons, dry onions, seeded and seedless watermelons, and potatoes this week. Western growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, miscellaneous melons, and seedless watermelons.

Weather summary

Temperatures varied below normal across Arizona for the week ending June 14, ranging from 7 degrees below normal at Flagstaff to 2 degrees below normal at Douglas, Grand Canyon, and Willcox. The highest temperature was 98 degrees at Coolidge, Marana, and Phoenix. The lowest reading of 30 degrees occurred at the Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was reported at 6 of the 22 stations. Canyon de Chelly and Douglas received .01 inches of precipitation. Willcox received three tenths of an inch of rain and is the only reporting station with above normal precipitation to date.

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