This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
Taken in the Madera area, our first image provides a down-the-row view of a Butte and Padre planting in petal fall and a close-up of the Butte about to shed its last remaining petals. Today’s final image shows a grower applying foliar nutrients to support the developing crop.
Sunshine and clear skies covered the southern San Joaquin Valley on Wednesday as bloom approaches its end. Temperatures in the mid 30s during the morning hours gave way to afternoon highs in the upper 60s. Mild temperatures, clear skies, and wind speed ranging for zero to five miles per hour made for a very nice day in the southern region. Bees were out early and orchards with viable flowers were humming most of the day, with observers noting a solid eight hours of very good activity for the day.
The bloom of the southern San Joaquin is now in rapid decline. While the nutlets of the Sonora are growing within and breaking free from their jackets, the last of the spent petals are being cast from the vast majority of the region’s orchards. The bloom of the Carmel is also nearly complete, with less than 10% of its flowers remaining available to the bees. Meanwhile, the late blooming Butte and Padre cultivars remain the last of the major varieties with a significant proportion of their flowers open for pollination.
Orchard maintenance tasks continue in the southern region. Growers have been sending mowers, sprayers and fertilizer spreaders into the fields to support the developing crop.
|Variety||Dormant||Green Tip||Pink Bud||Popcorn||Bloom||Petal Fall||Jacket||Out of Jacket|
Data reflects a composite of the growing region.