February 24, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

Taken in the Modesto area of Stanislaus County, today’s photos show the jacket stage in the Aldrich variety, the petal fall and jacket stage in the Carmel variety, and the bloom and petal fall stage in the Butte variety.

Warm, sunny weather filled the Northern San Joaquin Valley once again, as overnight temperatures in the low 40s yielded to afternoon highs in the upper 60s. Clear skies and calm winds allowed bees to work for 7 solid hours.

Bloom continues it decent from maximum number of open flowers in the central region. The early blooming Sonora now has very few viable flowers presenting for pollination while most of the flowers have shed all of their petals. Nonpareil, Monterey, and California-type pollenizers have under one-fifth of their flowers presenting for pollination although most do not contain viable pollen. Calm winds have caused petals to hang on longer than they should, and Carmel continues to track a day behind Nonpareil. The late blooming Butte and Padre are shedding petals at a slightly slower rate and are now 3 to 4 days behind Nonpareil.

Growers are beginning to apply fertilizer to orchards as trees are starting to pull nutrients from the soil. Flail mowing continues between tree rows as growers try to manage orchard temperature by keeping vegetation close to the ground.

By Brian Noeller

Conditions

High Temperature: 69°F
Low Temperature: 39°F
Wind: 4 to 6 mph.
Sky Conditions: Clear, sunny skies.
Bee Activity: 7 hours of very good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Jereme Fromm
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%%%6%23%71%%
nonpareil%%%%16%44%40%%
california%%%%15%43%42%%
carmel%%%%27%36%37%%
monterey%%%%18%44%38%%
butte%%%%41%33%26%%
padre%%%%53%35%12%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.