Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 30, 2014.
Arizona’s alfalfa condition was rated in poor to excellent condition, depending on location. Harvesting occurred on over three-quarters of the alfalfa acreage across the State. Barley conditions are fair to excellent. Durum Wheat conditions are fair to mostly excellent. Winter Wheat conditions are poor to excellent, depending on location, and 91 percent of the crop is planted, 6 percentage points behind last year and 3 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Cotton planting is 24 percent complete, 2 percentage points ahead of last year, and 6 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. This week there were 7 days suitable for field work.
Vegetables, Fruit & Specialty Crops
Central Arizona growers shipped Bok Choy, broccoli, cilantro, green and red cabbage, Chinese cabbage, kale, 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
Range conditions continue to dry out throughout the State, as more moisture is needed to promote new forage. Range and Pastures were rated in very poor to good condition, depending on location.