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 complete for the 2009 season.

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

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

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

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

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly above normal across Arizona for the week ending Jan. 17 ranging from 4 degrees below normal at Canyon De Chelly to 8 degrees above normal at Phoenix and Yuma. The highest temperature of the week was 76 degrees at various stations and the lowest reading of 6 degrees occurred at Canyon De Chelly.

Precipitation was reported at eight of the 22 stations. Prescott received the least at .01 inches and Grand Canyon received the most at .09 inches of precipitation. No reporting stations received above normal precipitation.

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