February 11, 2015

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

Today’s photos for the north region present a down-the-row view showing the different stages of bloom in the Aldrich and Carmel varieties, another down the row view revealing the Peerless variety blooming a bit ahead of the Nonpareil and the aerial application of fungicide to prevent disease.

Thin clouds and sunshine blanketed the Sacramento valley on Tuesday. Afternoon highs ranged in the mid 60’s and after morning lows dipped into the 40’s. Wind speeds remained steady between 10 and 15 mph leading to another gorgeous day in the Sacramento Valley. The cooler early temperatures did little to deter bee activity. Orchards were humming with bees that were out early foraging pollen. The bees flew for most of the day leading to 7 to 8 very good hours of bee activity, as the progressing bloom provides them with more flowers to pollinate.

The mild temperatures over the past 24 hours have advanced bloom significantly. The early blooming Sonora variety continues to progress at a steady pace with the area average sitting at 33%. The Nonpareil and Aldrich varieties are presenting flowers at a similar rate indicating excellent overlap timing. Later blooming varieties, such as the Carmel and Butte, are moving steadily, providing the potential for good overlap with the Nonpareil as well in the upcoming days. Trace amounts of petal fall are being reported, however most of the petal fall reflected in the accompanying photos is due to the heavy winds over the past weekend.

As reflected in the third photo, growers are continuing their disease-preventing treatments, using aerial means when necessary.

 

Conditions

High Temperature: 65°F
Low Temperature: 43°F
Wind: 9 mph
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: High, thin clouds
Bee Activity: 7 very good hours
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Dennis Meinberg
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%1%27%37%33%2%%%
nonpareil4%10%42%33%11%%%%
california%5%37%33%11%%%%
carmel4%26%36%27%7%%%%
peerless%%30%40%30%%%%
monterey%5%38%34%23%%%%
butte17%30%30%19%4%%%%
padre35%47%16%2%%%%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.