March 5, 2018

Bloom progression moved slowly over the weekend due to cooler temperatures and thunderstorms throughout the state. Additional rainfall resulted from stormy conditions in all areas on Friday and Saturday. Totals reported from the series of storms were as much as .5” to .75” in the south, .25” in the central region and .4” in the north. Isolated hailstorms were reported in the central and southern regions on Saturday. Due to these conditions, two to three hours of poor pollination were reported throughout the state on both Friday and Saturday.

Overnight lows on Sunday dipped into the low 30s, before giving way to the warmest temperatures of the weekend. Clear skies and temperatures reached the mid to upper 50s and provided good pollination activity on Sunday. The northern and central regions reported 4 to 6 hours of good bee activity on Sunday. In areas of the southern region, patchy fog and trace amounts of rain resulted in anywhere from 2 to 5 hours of good activity.

Petal fall increased rapidly from the weekend storms. As seen in one the photos accompanying today’s report, trace amounts of Sonora and Peerless nutlets can be found broken free from their protective jackets. Except for the Butte and Padre varieties in the southern region, all varieties have reached peak bloom throughout the state and continue to progress into the petal fall and jacket stages. Cold temperatures over the past couple weeks slowed the process of the nutlets sizing and breaking through their jackets.

With additional rain forecast for the end of this week, growers are preparing for another round of fungicide applications to help prevent bloom disease. Additionally, many growers are beginning to apply fertilizer to support their developing crop.

By Jereme Fromm

Photos by KC Stone, Dennis Meinberg, Ernie Reichmuth, Christine Ivory and Matt Willson

Northern Conditions and Bloom Status

High Temperature: 56°F
Low Temperature: 35°F
Wind: 7
Sky Conditions: Patchy Clouds with morning fog in the West Sacramento Valley
Bee Activity: 3 hours of poor to good activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
Sonora%%%%4%34%58%4%
Nonpareil%%%%11%37%52%%
California%%%%9%36%55%%
Carmel%%%%12%40%48%%
Peerless%%%%%2%96%2%
Monterey%%%%14%38%48%%
Butte%%%%32%38%30%%
Padre%%%%32%41%27%%

Central Conditions and Bloom Status

High Temperature: 57°F
Low Temperature: 33°F
Wind: 4 MPH
Sky Conditions: High Thin Clouds
Bee Activity: 5 hours of Good to Very Good Activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
Sonora%%%%4%26%70%%
Nonpareil%%%%18%32%50%%
California%%%%20%31%49%%
Carmel%%%%51%28%21%%
Monterey%%%%25%35%40%%
Butte%%%%65%23%12%%
Padre%%%1%79%15%5%%

Southern Conditions and Bloom Status

High Temperature: 56°F
Low Temperature: 35°F
Wind: 3
Rain: Trace amounts in the morning
Sky Conditions: Patchy
Bee Activity: 3.5 hours of fair to good activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
Sonora%%%%4%76%20%%
Nonpareil%%%%20%69%11%%
California%%%%10%70%20%%
Carmel%%%%27%55%18%%
Monterey%%%%19%59%22%%
Butte%%2%10%72%16%%%
Padre%%10%18%65%7%%%