February 26, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

Photos accompanying today’s report were taken in Madera County and show the jacket stage and nutlet development in the Sonora variety, the jacket stage in the Nonpareil variety and a down-the-row photo of a Nonpareil and Fritz orchard with dwindling bloom.

Warm weather and clear skies graced the South San Joaquin Valley on Thursday. Overnight temperatures in the low 40s quickly gave way to afternoon highs in the mid 70s. Warm temperatures and calm winds allowed bees to work inhibited for 7 hours.

Bloom is continuing to wind down in the southern region. The early blooming Sonora is now presenting less than 10% of its flowers for pollination with over two-thirds of its flowers having no petals. Nonpareil, Carmel, Monterey, and California-type pollinizers now have less than one-fifth of their flowers open and intact while over half of their flowers have lost all of their petals completely. The late blooming Butte is two to three days behind Nonpareil and still has one-quarter of its flowers presenting for pollination. Padre is tracking around a day behind Butte.

The warm weather has caused more growers to start irrigating if they have water available to them as trees are starting to pull moisture from the soil. Flail mowing continues between tree rows as warm weather has spurred weed growth.

By Brian Noeller

 

Conditions

High Temperature: 74°F
Low Temperature: 42°F
Wind: 5 to 6 mph
Sky Conditions: Mostly sunny.
Bee Activity: 7 to 8 hours of very good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Ernie Reichmuth
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%%%6%25%69%%
nonpareil%%%%15%29%56%%
california%%%%11%29%60%%
carmel%%%%19%30%51%%
monterey%%%%13%35%52%%
butte%%%%25%48%27%%
padre%%%%39%43%18%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.