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2018 Field Crop Production Fell In Arizona, USDA Summary Shows

Cotton crops
Casey Kuhn/KJZZ
Cotton crops in Arizona.

The United States Department of Agriculture's annual summary showed that in 2018 Arizona crop production fell across the board, except for lemons.

This season's lemon harvest is forecasted to be 1.4 million boxes. That’s a 40 percent increase from the year before.

But, when it came to field crops like barley, corn, cotton, hay and wheat, production fell this year.

Arizona farmers produced about 3 million bushels of corn, which is about half the amount grown last harvest. 

And, cotton farmers produced less cotton this season, too. They are expected to produce 469,000 bales.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.