Arizona Agri-Weekly: Yuma cotton harvest gains steam

Arizona Agri-Weekly: Yuma cotton harvest gains steam

Arizona upland boll opening at 75 percent; Alfalfa crop status is mostly fair to excellent; Precipitation received at 20 of the 22 AZMET weather stations. 

The latest Arizona Agri-Weekly report from the Arizona Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, released Sept. 12.

Field crops

Arizona’s upland cotton crop has boll opening on 75 percent of the acreage. Harvesting is gaining momentum in the Yuma area. The condition of the cotton crop varies from fair to excellent.

Alfalfa condition is mostly fair to excellent. Harvesting is active on over three-fourths of the acreage across the state.

Vegetable, fruit, and specialty crops

Arizona growers harvested miscellaneous melons.

 Weather summary

Temperatures were mostly above normal for the week ending Sept. 11, ranging from three degrees below normal at Canyon De Chelly to 10 degrees above normal at Grand Canyon.

The highest temperature of the week was 113 degrees at Yuma. The lowest reading was 43 degrees at Flagstaff.

Precipitation was recorded at 20 of the 22 weather stations. The least precipitation was recorded in Buckeye with 0.01 inches. The most precipitation was recorded in Flagstaff and Tucson with 2.23 inches.

Roll and Willcox are the only weather stations with above normal precipitation to date. 

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