February 16, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Monday, February 15, 2016.

Taken along the northern edge of San Joaquin County, the photos for today’s report show the pink tip and popcorn stages in the Nonpareil variety, the advanced bloom stage in the Sonora variety, and a down-the-row shot of a Nonpareil and Aldrich orchard.

Another warm, sunny day filled the North San Joaquin Valley as overnight lows in the mid 40s yielded to daytime highs in the mid 70s. Clear skies and low winds made for excellent pollinating weather as bees were able to work for a solid 7 to 8 hours. Weather forecasts call for one more day of sunshine before some rain on Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.

Bloom continues to advance at a brisk pace in the central region. Orchards of early blooming Sonora are rapidly approaching their peak number of flowers presenting for pollination in most of the region. Nonpareil and its associated California type pollinizers are about two to three days behind. Monterey and Carmel are day or two behind Nonpareil. Bloom synchronization within Nonpareil orchards is excellent as there are no big bloom gaps between varieties. The later blooming Butte is 3 days behind Nonpareil while its common pollinizer Padre is about a day and a half behind Butte. In the southern fifth of the region all varieties are two to three days behind their counterparts in the rest of region.

Fungicide treatments are being applied in full force as growers try to beat the coming wet weather. New and replacement plantings continue in the area as soil is in the ideal condition to plant. Removal of mummy nuts is complete in all orchards.

By Brian Noeller

 

Conditions

High Temperature: 74°F
Low Temperature: 46°F
Wind: 2 to 4 MPH
Sky Conditions: Mostly Clear with some patchy fog giving way to hazy conditions in the southern part of the region
Bee Activity: 6 to 8 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%%11%33%56%%%%
nonpareil%2%31%28%39%%%%
california%3%21%31%45%%%%
carmel%10%34%34%22%%%%
monterey%4%29%37%30%%%%
butte%22%29%29%20%%%%
padre%29%34%25%12%%%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.