I am writing a script (to be used in ArcGIS 10.7.1) that uses a Zonal Statistics tool to create an average of a raster that is beneath a grid. I then use the Summary Statistics tool to take the summation of all the grid values and display them in a table. The resulting table has only one row with three columns, as shown below:

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I'm trying to use a cursor to assign the value of the "SUM_Value" to a variable, because that value will be used later to compute some fertilizer amounts.

How can I do this?

The methods that I've tried aren't working out. I get this error when I do so:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<pyshell#132>", line 1, in <module>
    totalNitrogen = row.getValue(field)
NameError: name 'row' is not defined

Here is what I've tried:

#Define workspace
env.workspace = "C:\\someWorkspace"

#Defining variable 'Grid'
Grid = #Previously created grid

#Zonal statistics tool
recommendationMap = ZonalStatistics(Grid, "grid_field", outputRaster, "MEAN")

#Compute raster to Int
recommendationMapInt = Int(recommendationMap)

#Save raster
recommendationMapInt.save(env.workspace + "\\nitrogenRecommendationMap")

#Generate statistics with Summary Statistics tool
nitrogenStats = arcpy.Statistics_analysis(recommendationMapInt,"outputRaster",[["Field_to_summarize", "SUM"]])

#Resulting output field defined for cursor
nitrogenField = "SUM_Value"

#Cursor defined
nitrogenCursor = arcpy.SearchCursor(nitrogenStats)

#Error occurs here
totalNitrogen = row.getValue(field)

As previously stated, I need that totalNitrogen variable to equal the "SUM_Value" field from the Statistics_analysis table.

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    Only mistake that I can see is that you are not defining row object after your cursor. Presuming you will always have one row in your Summary Statistics, if you say row = nitrogenCursor.next() after your nitrogenCursor assignment, you will be fine.
    – fatih_dur
    Dec 5 '19 at 6:48

Your problem is you're not iterating your cursor so row is never set, you should be using an arcpy.da cursor like:

with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(nitrogenStats,"SUM_Value") as nitrogenCursor: 
  for row in nitrogenCursor: 
    totalNitrogen = row[0] 
    break # to ensure we only read the first value exit the loop

Or as a one-liner:

totalNitrogen = [row[0] for row in arcpy.da.SearchCursor(nitrogenStats,'SUM_Value')][0]

Which creates a list of all the values in the table but then assigns totalNitrogen as the first element.

If you insist on using the old style cursor it can be achieved like:

nitrogenCursor = arcpy.SearchCursor(nitrogenStats)
for row in nitrogenCursor:
  totalNitrogen = row.getValue(field)
  break # to ensure we only read the first value exit the loop
del nitrogenCursor # important to release locks.

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