February 25, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

Taken in the Madera area, the first two photos in today’s report depict the amount of Nonpareil in the jacket stage of development and a bee pollinating a flower in the Padre variety. The third photo illustrates the beginning stage of nutlet development in the Fritz variety in the Tulare area.

The slight threat of frost in the early morning hours didn’t quite materialize, as low temperatures only reached 33 degrees in the southern region. Due to the temperature, and the fact that nearly all buds are still in their protective jackets, very few growers were observed using frost protection measures. With the sunrise came warm temperatures, with a high of 64 degrees and low wind activity. Favorable weather conditions provided bees with an opportunity to put in five to seven hours of good activity.

With the dwindling bloom in the Nonpareil and its pollenizer varieties, bees are actively looking for pollen to feed on. Bees were observed working very hard in Butte and Padre orchards, and these varieties got some extra pollination in much of their freshly opened flowers. Overall, bloom has progressed steadily, with nearly all varieties well into the jacket stage. The early blooming Sonora variety is beginning to show small amounts of nutlets emerging from their protective jackets.

Growers with available water continue to irrigate where necessary and apply fertilizer as leaves emerge from the trees. With the forecast of rain in the coming days, growers are beginning another round of fungicide application, to prevent disease from forming in their trees.

 

Conditions

High Temperature: 64°F
Low Temperature: 35°F
Wind: 1-4 mph
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: High, thin clouds
Bee Activity: 5-7 hours of good activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Ernie Reichmuth
Matt Willson

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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%%%%7%91%2%
nonpareil%%%%%7%93%%
california%%%%%13%87%%
carmel%%%%12%40%48%%
monterey%%%%2%38%60%%
butte%%%%33%41%26%%
padre%%%2%55%29%14%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.