Cotton bolls opening at 80 percent in Arizona, alfalfa crop good

For the week ending Sept. 17, cotton bolls opening had occurred on 80 percent of the acreage in Arizona, six percentage points higher than last year but eight percentage points lower than the five-year average. One week earlier bolls open stood at 75 percent.

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), cotton harvesting was completed on 10 percent of the acreage compared to 4 percent last year and the five-year average of 6 percent. Completed harvesting reported on Sept. 11 was at 7 percent.

Cotton condition was rated 43 percent fair, 42 percent good, 10 percent excellent and 5 percent good.

The alfalfa harvest was active on over three-quarters of the state’s acreage. NASS reported alfalfa conditions as 49 percent good, 34 percent fair, 12 percent excellent and 5 percent poor.

Arizona range and pasture conditions remained mostly very poor to fair - 29 percent reported fair, 22 percent poor, 31 percent very poor, 15 percent good and 3 percent excellent.

Temperatures were mostly below normal, ranging from 7 degrees below normal at Paloma to 3 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon. The highest temperature of the week was 105 degrees at Roll and Parker. The lowest reading was 25 degrees at the Grand Canyon.

In precipitation, Douglas received the most at 1.25 inches. St. Johns had the least rainfall at .01 inches.

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