February 11, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Taken in eastern Stanislaus county, today’s photos for the central region illustrate the pink bud stage in different varieties. The first photo shows pink bud in the Price variety, followed by the Nonpareil and Aldrich varieties.

Warm weather and sunshine continued to blanket the North San Joaquin Valley. Overnight lows in the low-40’s and some patchy morning fog gave way to calm skies and daytime highs in the mid-70’s. more of the same weather is expected through the middle of next week, which will provide favorable conditions for bloom progression.

Buds are responding to the warmer weather in the central region. The early blooming Sonora variety has moved from trace amounts of bloom to 5% overnight. Nonpareil has shifted from mostly green tip to almost half the buds in the pink bud stage. The California type pollinizers are progressing at a similar rate and are still within a day of Nonpareil. Monterey and Carmel are approximately one to two days behind Nonpareil, but could catch up as bloom progresses. The late blooming Butte and Padre varieties continue to move from dormancy as sepals emerge from dormant bud. Pink tissue is beginning to emerge in the Butte variety throughout the region.

Bee deliveries are increasing, and beekeepers are working quickly to get hives placed ahead of bloom. With the potential of wet weather over the middle of next week, growers are planning their first fungicide application. Typical cultural activities such as fertilizing, mowing and herbicide applications are wrapping up, so that growers can stay out of their orchards as much as possible while bees are present.

Conditions

High Temperature: 73°F
Low Temperature: 44°F
Wind: 2 mph
Sky Conditions: High, thin clouds
Bee Activity: 7 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%15%50%30%5%%%%
nonpareil5%43%40%12%%%%%
california10%40%35%15%%%%%
carmel20%53%25%2%%%%%
monterey25%55%20%%%%%%
butte30%65%5%%%%%%
padre35%64%1%%%%%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.