Arizona Agri-Weekly report

The following is the latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office.

Field crops

Durum wheat and barley is headed on 40 percent and 80 percent of the acreage, respectively.

Cotton planting is complete on 25 percent of the acreage across Arizona.

Alfalfa conditions are fair to excellent, depending on the location. Harvesting is active on over two-thirds of Arizona’s acreage. Range and pasture conditions vary from very poor to excellent, depending on the location. Most areas are in fair to good condition.

Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops

Central Arizona growers shipped broccoli, red and green cabbage, cilantro, greens, parsley, Swiss chard, and spinach.

Western Arizona growers shipped anise, arugula, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, Chinese cabbage, endive, escarole, frisee, kale, Boston, iceberg, and romaine lettuce, and green leaf, red leaf lettuce, bok choy, parsley, Swiss chard, and spinach.

Weather summary

Temperatures were near normal across Arizona for the week ending April 4, ranging from 8 degrees below normal at Parker to 6 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon.

The highest temperature of the week was 89 degrees at various locations. The lowest reading at 10 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was reported at 5 of the 22 stations. Tucson received the lowest at .01 inches of precipitation. Flagstaff received the most at .23 inches of precipitation. Twenty of the 22 stations have above normal precipitation to date in 2010.

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