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 92 percent complete, ahead of last year at 79 percent, and ahead of the five-year average of 86 percent.
Alfalfa conditions range from poor to good depending on location. Sheeping off is moderate to active in western and central alfalfa acres in Arizona. Range and pasture conditions are mostly very poor depending on the location and elevation.
• Vegetables, fruit, and specialty crops
Central Arizona growers shipped broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cilantro, greens, honeydew, parsley, spinach, and lemons.
Western Arizona growers shipped arugula, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, Chinese cabbage, endive, escarole, frisee, honeydew, kale, Boston, iceberg, and romaine lettuce, and green leaf, red leaf lettuce, bok choy, parsley, spinach, plus other miscellaneous melons this week.
• Weather summary
Temperatures were below normal across Arizona for the week ending Dec. 13, ranging from 8 degrees below normal at Grand Canyon to 3 degrees above normal at Douglas.
The highest temperature was 71 degrees at Parker and Yuma, and the lowest reading was -19 degrees at Grand Canyon.
Precipitation was reported at 21 of the 22 stations. Yuma received .02 inches and Payson received 2.0 inches. There are no reporting stations with precipitation above normal for the year.