Arizona: Cotton Harvest Virtually Complete – US-DA
Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending Jabuary 19, 2014.
Cotton harvest is virtually complete same as last year, but 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average. Arizona’s alfalfa condition was rated very poor to good condition, depending on location.
Arizona Vegetables, Fruit & Specialty Crops
Central Arizona growers shipped Bok Choy, broccoli, red and green cabbage, Chinese cabbage, kale, lemons, cilantro, and parsley last week.
Western Arizona growers shipped anise, arugula, broccoli, Bok Choy, green and red cabbage, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, cilantro, endive, escarole, frisee, kale, parsley, radicchio, spinach and various lettuce including Boston, iceberg, romaine, green and red leaf lettuce last week.
Range and Pasture
Warm temperatures continue but are depleting moisture levels throughout the State. Range and Pastures were rated in very poor to good condition, depending on location.
Temperatures were mostly above normal across the State for the week ending January 19, 2014, ranging from 2 degrees below normal at Paloma to 9 degrees above normal at Yuma. The highest temperature of the week was 81 degrees recorded at Parker and Yuma. The lowest reading was 6 degrees at the Grand Canyon. None of the twenty-two weather stations recorded precipitation last week. Precipitation was not recorded in any of the 22 weather stations to date for the 2014.
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