February 17, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made on Monday, February 16, 2015.

Today’s first image shows the early morning dew on a Nonpareil flower, followed by a down-the-row view of a Nonpareil and Sonora planting that shows the Sonora in petal fall with the Nonpareil almost at full bloom. This report’s final photo is of a Carmel in the pink bud and popcorn stage in western Kern County.

Weather in the south San Joaquin Valley has finally stabilized into a very nice pattern to support the bloom. With fog being sporadic and light, temperatures have warmed up from the mid 40’s in the morning to the upper 70’s in the afternoon at a rapid pace. Early sunshine and light winds coaxed bees out of their hives early and had orchards humming with activity most of the day. As bloom continues to rapidly advance, bees were able to put in 8 to 9 hours of excellent work.

After a slow start bloom is finally kicking into high gear in the southern region. We should see peak levels of flowers available for pollination this week. Observers noted that the early blooming Sonora is at or near its peak bloom, with a few flowers beginning to shed their petals. As seen in the second photo Nonpareil is overlapping well with many Sonora plantings and is only a day or two behind. California type pollenizers continue to be in lock step with Nonpareil and all should peak within the next few days. Major bloom variation remains in the region as evidenced by the Butte and Padre bloom. Plantings have been observed anywhere from 70% open to 10% open depending on the area. Overlap has been ideal in some plantings and almost nonexistent in others with Butte 4 to 5 days ahead of Padre.

In spite of the fog, drier conditions have limited the growers need to apply more than one fungal treatment. With the rapid bloom progression growers are hoping that one treatment will have enough efficacy to get them through bloom.

 

Conditions

High Temperature: 76°F
Low Temperature: 45°F
Wind: 0 to 3 mph
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: Scattered
Bee Activity: 8 to 9 very good hours
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Ernie Reichmuth
Matt Willson

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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%1%10%86%3%%%
nonpareil%%9%20%71%%%%
california%%6%13%80%1%%%
carmel%5%19%27%49%%%%
monterey%1%15%16%68%%%%
butte%4%48%28%20%%%%
padre3%50%33%10%4%%%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.