Arizona: Cotton Opening Bolls at 34% in Mostly Good-to-Excellent Condition – US-DA
Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 18, 2013.
Bolls setting was at 95 percent, behind last year, but ahead of the five-year average of 94 percent. Bolls opening were at 34 percent, behind last year and the five-year average of 46 and 36 percent, respectively. The cotton crop condition continues to be rated mostly good to excellent, depending on location. Arizona’s alfalfa conditions are rated in mostly good to fair condition. Harvesting occurred on over three-quarters of the alfalfa acreage across the State.
Arizona Vegetables, Fruit & Specialty Crops
Central Arizona growers shipped potatoes last week. Western Arizona growers had no movement last week.
Range and Pasture
Moisture is needed across the State, to ease the overall drought conditions. Range and Pastures were rated in mostly very poor to fair condition, depending on location.
Temperatures were mostly above normal across the State for the week ending August 18, 2013, ranging from 3 degrees below normal at Bullhead City and Canyon De Chelly to 8 degrees above normal at Phoenix and Tucson. The highest temperature of the week was 117 degrees recorded in Bullhead City. The lowest reading was 39 degrees at the Grand Canyon. Sixteen of the 22 weather stations recorded precipitation last week. Coolidge received the least precipitation at 0.01 inches and Flagstaff received the most at 0.84 inches. Eighteen of the 22 stations have received more than 50 percent of normal precipitation.
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