February 19, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

The photos for today’s report illustrate various varieties in bloom in the Madera area. The first shot shows a close up of a bee foraging for pollen in a Nonpareil flower. It is followed by a Monterey in petal fall. The final shot shows bee hives in a Butte and Padre planting.

Thick fog returned to South San Joaquin Valley covering most areas until mid-day. The early fog kept morning lows in the mid-40s until the fog lifted. This resulted in a drop in high temperature from yesterday, resulting in highs in the mid-60s. Fog gave way to clear skies and light wind in the afternoon. Bees stayed in their hives until the fog lifted. With bloom beginning to peak in the southern region, bees were not able to put in as many hours as in previous days. Observers reported that bees put in four to seven hours of moderate activity, depending on when the fog lifted.

In spite of the cooler, foggier weather, bloom continued to advance at a quick pace for some varieties. The early blooming Sonora peaked on Monday and is losing more of its petals daily. Nonpareil in the region remained around peak levels of flowers available for pollination with California type pollinizers in lock step with them. The Monterey cultivar is approximately a day ahead of Nonpareil. Carmel made big advancements and is at near peak levels of flowers available for pollination. Butte and Padre plantings also made significant advancements in spite of the cooler weather. Those three varieties had progressed far enough in the previous day that what little decent weather was received pushed them to open their flowers. The rapid advancement of the southern region’s bloom has moved it ahead of the central region for the year.

More growers with available water are starting to irrigate to support the coming crop. Observers have noted that most growers have plenty hives for pollination with no real complaints about availability. Hive strength appears to be adequate for pollination purposes, with plenty of bees flying in orchards.

 

Conditions

High Temperature: 68°F
Low Temperature: 44°F
Wind: 2 to 8 mph
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: Low clouds and dense fog until mid-day
Bee Activity: 4 to 7 hours of moderate activity depending on fog
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Ernie Reichmuth
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%%1%67%22%10%%
nonpareil%%%9%80%9%2%%
california%%%3%80%14%3%%
carmel%%2%8%88%2%%%
monterey%%%10%77%12%1%%
butte%%10%18%72%%%%
padre%5%29%25%41%%%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.