February 25, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

Photos for today’s report were taken in the Oakdale area of Stanislaus County. The first two photos illustrate the jacket stage and leaf development in the Nonpareil and Aldrich varieties. The third photo shows a Butte and Padre orchard to the left still having measurable bloom, while the Nonpareil and pollenizer orchard on the right has very little bloom remaining.

Another day of warm weather and clear skies graced the Northern San Joaquin Valley. Overnight temperatures in the mid 40s quickly gave way to afternoon highs in the mid 70s. Winds remained relatively low and skies were clear, allowing bees to put in seven hours of very good work.

Early blooming varieties are almost done blooming in the central region. Sonora has almost no flowers left presenting for pollination while almost all of their petals have been shed. Nonpareil, Monterey, and California-type pollinizers have around 10% viable flowers remaining while half of the flowers have shed all of their petals. Carmel continues to be observed a day behind Nonpareil with just under 20% of their flowers still presenting for pollination. The later blooming Butte and Padre are now under 50% of flowers open and intact as petals continue to be shed.

Spray rigs continue moving through fields as needed for a second round of fungicide treatments. Plantings of new and replacement orchards continue as soils are in excellent condition for planting.

By Brian Noeller

 

Conditions

High Temperature: 72°F
Low Temperature: 41°F
Wind: 4 MPH
Sky Conditions: Clear
Bee Activity: 7.5 very good hours of activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Jereme Fromm
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%%%1%12%87%%
nonpareil%%%%7%35%58%%
california%%%%6%38%56%%
carmel%%%%18%36%46%%
monterey%%%%11%40%49%%
butte%%%%31%34%35%%
padre%%%%44%38%18%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.