The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Office in Phoenix, Ariz., released March 12, 2012.
Alfalfa conditions continue mostly fair to good depending on the location. Harvesting is occurring on more than two-thirds of the growing areas across Arizona.
Cotton planting preparation is ongoing. A few areas have been planted.
Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, kale greens, cilantro, parsley, and citrus.
Western Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, Chinese cabbage, endive, escarole, frisee, kale greens, Boston, green leaf, iceberg, red leaf, romaine, and other lettuces. Also shipped were arugula, bok choy, parsley, radicchio, spinach, and citrus.
Temperatures were mostly above normal for the week ending March 11, ranging from 7 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon to 5 degrees below normal at Paloma.
The highest temperature of the week was 87 degrees at Roll. The lowest reading was 13 degrees at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was recorded in 2 of the 21 weather stations. Grand Canyon received the least at 0.02 inches. The St. Johns area received the most at 0.04 inches.
The Maricopa, Paloma, and Phoenix weather stations have yet to receive precipitation in 2012.