February 10, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made on Monday, February 9, 2015.

Today’s photos for the central region present a down-the-row shot of the Sonora and Nonpareil varieties, a close-up of the attention the bees were giving to the emerging bloom of the Sonora and the pink tip and popcorn stages of the Aldrich, all in the Modesto area of Stanislaus County.

Clear skies at sunrise gave way to partly cloudy conditions as the day progressed, providing strong support for the developing buds. The last remnants of the weekend’s storm dissipated late Sunday night, allowing morning low temperatures to dip to slightly lower values than reported over the weekend. Morning lows were reported in the lower 50’s while daytime highs rose to as his as 70 degrees. While partly cloudy skies covered the region during the day, light breezes and warm temperatures provided ample support for the bee’s efforts, allowing them to put in 7 to 8 hours of very good activity on the small amount of available bloom.

Bud development is progressing at a rapid pace thanks to the warm conditions. Advanced plantings of the early blooming Sonora variety are presenting close to 45% of their flowers for pollination, while younger more vigorous plantings are lagging well behind. All varieties are developing rapidly, with generally good overlap between varieties within any given orchard. However, observers have noted a high degree of variability from orchard to orchard.

Growers with water available have begun irrigation in the southern areas of the region that failed to receive significant rainfall over the weekend. Where rainfall was received, growers are preparing machinery need to complete disease preventing fungicide treats in the coming days. Some have also begun mowing vegetation within the fields in order maintain warmer orchard temperatures should the threat of frost materialize.

Conditions

High Temperature: 70°F
Low Temperature: 50°F
Wind: 2 to 10 mph
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: Scattered clouds to Partly cloudy
Bee Activity: 7 to 8 Hours of very good activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Jereme Fromm
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%37%23%20%20%%%%
nonpareil1%67%22%8%2%%%%
california1%60%25%12%2%%%%
carmel10%67%21%2%%%%%
monterey5%54%34%6%1%%%%
butte35%65%%%%%%%
padre70%30%%%%%%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.