Arizona Agri-Weekly: cotton bolls open

Arizona Agri-Weekly: cotton bolls open

Most cotton bolls open across Arizona. Cotton conditions mostly good to excellent. Most alfalfa in fair to good condition. Eight of the 22 weather stations at below normal precipitation to date. 

The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the Phoenix, Ariz., Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Field crops

Virtually all cotton bolls have opened across Arizona. Cotton conditions are mostly good to excellent. Harvest is winding down in the Yuma area and remains active in other cotton growing areas of Arizona.

Most alfalfa is in fair to good condition. Harvesting is active on over two-thirds of the state’s acreage.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers shipped cantaloupes, honeydews, miscellaneous melons, and lemons.

Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly below average across Arizona for the week ending Oct. 24, ranging from 5 degrees below normal at Aguila and Parker to 8 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon.

The highest temperature of the week was 91 degrees at Phoenix. The lowest reading at 33 degrees occurred at Grand Canyon and Flagstaff.

Precipitation was recorded in 20 of the 22 stations this week. Paloma, St. Johns, and Yuma received the least at .01 inches of precipitation. Grand Canyon received the most at 1.51 inches.

Eight of the 22 weather stations remain at below normal precipitation to date, mostly in the northern areas of the state. 

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