February 12, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Due to a data entry error in yesterday’s reporting on the bloom progression in the Peerless variety, the data accompanying yesterday’s report has been modified to more accurately reflect bloom in Peerless.

Photos for today’s report in the northern region provide a down-the-row shot of the developing bloom in Nonpareil and Aldrich in the Durham area, followed by photos of the pink tip stage of the Winters and Butte varieties in Durham.

Warm weather continues in the northern region, with daytime temperatures reaching into the 70s and overnight lows staying in the mid 40s. Calm winds and mostly sunny skies provided bees with favorable conditions for much of the day.

The warm conditions have encouraged bloom progression to move quickly throughout the north. The western side of the valley along the 1-5 corridor continues to be about a day behind the central and eastern side of the Sacramento Valley where Sonora and Nonpareil varieties are nearly out of the green tip stage.

Growers are looking ahead to the possibility of rain in the middle of next week. Growers with access to well water are applying water and fertilizer to help build a strong soil profile through bloom while continuing other maintenance activities.

Conditions

High Temperature: 70°F
Low Temperature: 41°F
Wind: 0-2 MPH
Sky Conditions: High, Thin Clouds
Bee Activity: 8 Very Good hours
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Dennis Meinberg
Ryan Christy

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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%10%41%41%8%%%%
nonpareil5%18%41%34%2%%%%
california3%14%38%38%7%%%%
carmel16%38%35%11%%%%%
peerless%8%30%45%17%%%%
monterey15%33%35%17%%%%%
butte30%48%22%%%%%%
padre36%53%11%%%%%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.