This report covers conditions and observations made between Friday, February 19 and Sunday, February 21, 2016.
Photos accompanying today’s report provide down-the-row shots of various varieties throughout the southern region. The first two photos were taken in Madera County and show the bloom and petal fall stages in a Butte and Padre orchard in the Madera area, followed by a Nonpareil and Fritz orchard in the tail end of bloom in the Chowchilla area. The third photo shows the progression of bloom in a Nonpareil and Fritz orchard in the Delano area of Kern County.
Weather in the southern region varied throughout the weekend. Friday was warm with daytime highs in the mid to upper 60s. Sunny skies and light winds allowed bees an opportunity to put in 7 to 8 hours of very good activity. Conditions on Saturday were a little cooler, with daytime highs only reaching the low 60s. Morning fog and cloudier skies kept temperatures lower and denied bees a full day of work. Observers reported 5 hours of fair bee activity. Sunday, however, observers reported 6 hours of very good bee activity, due largely to clear skies and warmer morning temperatures.
Bloom continued its rapid progression over the weekend, as the Nonpareil and California-type pollenizers developed quickly from the bloom to petal fall stage. Observers noted that even with very little wind, petals were falling from their flowers at a steady pace. With the later blooming Butte and Padre varieties reaching their peak bloom over the weekend, all varieties have now exceeded maximum bloom and are moving into the petal fall and jacket stages. With favorable weather conditions, however, there is still potential for pollination in many orchards.
Growers that have not completed a second fungicide spray are preparing to do so in the coming days and they continue their general orchard maintenance activities.
By Jereme Fromm
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Data reflects a composite of the growing region.