Arizona: Mild Weather Continues to Speed Along Harvest – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 30, 2014.

    Field Crops

    The cotton crop was 95 percent defoliated, 36 and 35 percentage points ahead of last year and the 5-year average, respectively. Cotton harvesting was complete on 75 percent of the acreage, 6 and 10 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average and of last year.

    Alfalfa conditions were mostly fair to excellent, depending on location. Harvesting occurred on three-fourths of the alfalfa acreage across the State.

    This week there were 7.0 days suitable for field work.

    Range and Pasture

    Mild weather conditions continued throughout the State last week, rapidly depleting soil moisture. Rangeland conditions vary widely from very poor to good, depending on location.

    Vegetables, Fruit & Specialty Crops

    Central Arizona growers shipped broccoli, Bok Choy, Chinese cabbage, red and green cabbage, cantaloupes, cilantro, collard greens, honeydews, kale, kohlrabi, lemons, mustard, parsley, turnips, Swiss chard and spinach last week.

    Western Arizona growers shipped anise, arugula, broccoli, Bok Choy, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, red and green cabbage, cilantro, endive, escarole, kale, various lettuce including Boston, iceberg, romaine, green and red leaf lettuce, parsley, and spinach last week.

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