February 26, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

From top to bottom, the photos in today’s report illustrate the level of nutlet development found in the Price variety in the Chico area of Butte County and in the Winters variety in the Arbuckle area of Colusa County. Our final image shows a down-the-row view of a Winters and Nonpareil planting, both in the Winters are of Yolo County.

Sunshine and relatively clear skies covered the Sacramento Valley on Wednesday as the bloom is coming to an end. Minimum temperatures failed to drop below freezing, dipping only into the mid 30s, then rose steadily to their highest values for the day in the lower 70’s. The mild temperatures, combined with low wind speeds and a few high, thin clouds made for a beautiful day in the northern region. With the beneficial weather bees were out in full force working on the small amount of bloom remaining in the region, putting in 7 hours of very good activity.

The bloom in the Sacramento Valley is entering its closing days. Aside from a few Carmel plantings in the southwest areas of the region, Butte and Padre remains the only varieties presenting any significant amount of bloom available for pollination. As may be seen in the photos accompanying this report, the orchards have taken on the characteristic “dirty” appearance imparted by the flower buds being nearly entirely in the jacket stage.

Growers were provided with some welcome relief from the threat of frost on Wednesday, allowing their orchards to dry out a bit after two days of running their irrigation systems to prevent damage to the developing nutlets.

 

Conditions

High Temperature: 72°F
Low Temperature: 33°F
Wind: 2 to 5 MPH
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: High, thin clouds
Bee Activity: 7 Hours of very good activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Dennis Meinberg
Ryan Christy

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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%%%%%90%10%
nonpareil%%%%%1%95%4%
california%%%%%%95%5%
carmel%%%%2%10%86%2%
peerless%%%%%%96%4%
monterey%%%%%%95%5%
butte%%%%7%30%63%%
padre%%%%9%26%65%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.