February 27, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

This is the final daily report of the 2015 bloom season. The next scheduled report will be posted on Monday, March 16, 2015. In the event of any significant occurrences prior to that date, this site will be updated as soon as possible.

Taken in the Chico area, today’s photos illustrate the development of nutlets in the Sonora variety where nutlets are beginning to break through their jacket, followed by nutlet development in Nonpareil, as well as the nutlet development in the Price variety where nutlets still remain in their jacket.

Windy conditions continued in the northern region, as observers reported average winds of 11 miles per hour, with gusts up to 17 miles per hour. High temperatures reached the low 70s in the afternoon and morning lows were in the lower 40s. With these conditions, bees were able to put in six to eight hours of good activity, depending on the levels of wind.

As the bloom nears its end, growers have been very satisfied with the weather and conditions for pollination of the 2015 crop. As shown in the first image of today’s report, the warm daytime hours and sunshine over the past week have promoted good growth in the earlier blooming varieties, like Sonora, as they progress through their jackets and into nutlets. California varieties, such as Price and Aldrich, are showing strong growth and nutlets are beginning to swell, as depicted in the third photo in today’s report. Only a few viable Butte and Padre flowers remain available for pollination in the southwest area of the region.

Beekeepers are starting to remove hives from orchards with earlier blooming varieties and have observed that hives look very strong. Despite very low morning temperatures, no observations have been made of frost damage, and growers are continuing to monitor the weather for threats of frost or rain.

 

Conditions

High Temperature: 71°F
Low Temperature: 41°F
Wind: 11 mph
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: High, thin clouds
Bee Activity: 4 to 6 good hours, depending on wind
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Dennis Meinberg
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%%%%%87%13%
nonpareil%%%%%%94%6%
california%%%%%%93%7%
carmel%%%%%1%95%4%
peerless%%%%%%95%5%
monterey%%%%%%94%6%
butte%%%%3%14%83%%
padre%%%%3%16%81%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.