February 11, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

This report’s photos shows a single open Nonpareil flower surrounded by buds in the popcorn stage in Madera, followed by a cluster of open Monterey flowers in Kern County with two bees foraging for pollen in and around them, followed by a micro sprayer irrigating almond trees in Delano.

Ideal bloom weather continues to be the theme in the Kern/Tulare part of the valley. Clear skies and afternoon highs in the mid 60’s have kept buds developing at a fair pace in that region. This also led to a nearly ideal day for bee flight. Bees were able to put in 7 hours of good forage time in the southern part of the region and pollinate the few newly opened flowers. Conditions were not as favorable further North in Fresno/Madera. Cooler temperatures and occasional clouds made for lighter bee activity. Most bees did not venture too far from their hives and were only able to put in 4 or 5 fair hours of pollination time.

The cooler weather has slowed the bloom pace considerably in the north part of the region over the last 24 hours. As seen in the first picture the Nonpareil bloom cycle is at a virtual standstill in Madera with very few new flowers opening. The California type varieties along with Monterey and Carmel are also progressing slowly compared with the rest of the state. The southern part of the region is moving at a quicker pace than the Fresno/Madera area thanks to slightly warmer weather and less cloud cover. However, the entire southern region is advancing more slowly than the rest of the state. This is also being exhibited in the late blooming Butte and Padre cultivars as they continue to break dormancy and move toward bloom at a significantly slower tempo than the rest of the state.

As seen in the third picture irrigation has begun for plantings that have available water. The water application is to supplement what came in from the storm system over the weekend to ensure the trees have enough water to support the coming crop.

 

Conditions

High Temperature: 66°F
Low Temperature: 45°F
Wind: 5 to 10 mph
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: Scattered clouds
Bee Activity: 6 hours of fair activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Ernie Reichmuth and Matt Willson
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%12%52%19%17%%%%
nonpareil1%46%42%6%5%%%%
california%22%66%6%6%%%%
carmel3%68%27%1%1%%%%
monterey1%50%38%8%3%%%%
butte22%67%11%%%%%%
padre76%24%%%%%%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.