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

Cotton harvesting is virtually complete, ahead of last year at 90 percent, and ahead of the five-year average of 95 percent.

Alfalfa conditions range from poor to good depending on location. Sheeping off is active in western and central alfalfa acres. Range and pasture conditions are mostly very poor depending on the location and elevation.

Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops

Central Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, cilantro, greens, lemons, parsley, and spinach.

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

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly below normal across Arizona for the week ending Jan. 3, ranging from 11 degrees below normal at Canyon De Chelly to 4 degrees above normal at Yuma.

The highest temperature of the week was 74 degrees at Buckeye and the lowest reading of minus 12 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon.

Precipitation was reported at nine of the 22 stations. Tucson received the lowest at .03 inches and Paloma received the most at .37 inches of precipitation. No reporting stations have above normal precipitation. All of the 22 stations show less than 80 percent of normal annual precipitation.

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