Arizona alfalfa crop rated fair to good, 93 percent of cotton bolls open

According to an Oct. 1 report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Arizona’s alfalfa harvest was active on over three-quarters of the acreage. Alfalfa condition was rated mostly fair to good. NASS rated 41 percent of the crop as good, 34 percent as fair, 13 percent excellent, 11 percent poor and 1 percent very poor.

Cotton boll openings in Arizona stood at 93 percent, the same as last year but five percentage points lower than the five-year average. Harvesting was completed on 19 percent of the acreage compared to 14 percent last year and the five-year average of 15 percent. NASS rated cotton condition as fair to good with 43 percent of the crop rated good, 37 percent fair, 11 percent excellent and 9 percent poor.

Western Arizona lemon growers shipped products last week.

On the weather front, temperatures in Arizona were mostly above normal for the week ending Oct. 1. Temperatures ranged from 3 degrees below normal at Canyon De Chelly to 6 degrees above normal at Phoenix and Prescott. The highest temperature of the week was 106 degrees at Yuma, and the lowest reading occurred at the Grand Canyon with 29 degrees. No precipitation was reported at the state’s 22 reporting stations.

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