February 12, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

The photos accompanying today’s report reflect the different stages of bud development for different varieties in southern Stanislaus County. Revealed in the photos are the pink bud stage in the Carmel variety; pink bud, popcorn and bloom in the Nonpareil and Sonora varies.

High, scattered clouds and warm weather allowed for continued bud development and excellent bee activity. Even with cooler morning weather, bees began working early as temperatures rapidly climbed to a high of 68 degrees. The absence of wind or heavy cloud cover allowed for excellent pollination potential. Observers noted 7 very good hours of bee activity.

Relatively clear skies, coupled with mild temperatures, allowed for steady bud development. While not as much as prior days, measurable movement was noted in all varieties. Sonora continues to progress well into bloom, and has started dropping petals. Nonpareil continues to follow 4 or 5 days behind the Sonora almost in lock step with other earlier cultivars at the same pace. The same is true with later blooming pollenizers, providing the opportunity for good overlap throughout the bloom cycle. The late blooming Butte continues to be measurably ahead of the Padre cultivar, although the Padre has begun playing catch up in the past couple days.

Many growers are beginning their first round of fungicide sprays in the next 48 hours. Growers in the northern San Joaquin Valley were fortunate enough to receive up to an inch of rain over the past weekend, giving the trees much needed moisture and allowing them to postpone irrigation for the time being.

Conditions

High Temperature: 68°F
Low Temperature: 43°F
Wind: 2-4 mph
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: High, scattered clouds
Bee Activity: 7 very good hours
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Jereme Fromm
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%9%45%42%4%%%
nonpareil%21%34%31%14%%%%
california%23%30%29%18%%%%
carmel%48%35%13%4%%%%
monterey%20%41%22%17%%%%
butte15%72%13%%%%%%
padre39%60%1%%%%%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.