This report covers conditions and observations made on Thursday, February 26, 2015.
Taken in the South Manteca and West Ripon area of San Joaquin County, the photos in today’s report for the central region represent the dwindling of bloom as flowers have moved into the jacket stage. The first image is of the Winters variety with nearly all flowers in the jacket stage and heavy greening, followed by Nonpareil in the jacket with very few petals left, and finally, a Butte orchard in the later stages of bloom.
Wind activity was higher in the Northern San Joaquin Valley than the prior days, with average winds between 2 and 6 miles per hour, with peak gusts of 10 miles per hour. Bee activity slowed during periods of higher winds. With morning low temperatures in the low 40s and afternoon highs in the low 70s, bees were still able to put in six to eight hours of good activity.
As seen in the photos accompanying today’s report, bloom has nearly reached the final stages in the central region. Although there are lower levels of flowers available for pollination, the Butte and Padre varieties continue to provide bees with viable pollen. Other varieties have little to no pollen or petals remaining in the central region. The southern part of Merced County continues to lag behind the rest of the region by a few days, and have a few more flowers available for pollination that the rest of the central region.
In anticipation of some rain this coming weekend, growers continue general orchard maintenance activities. Growers have been pleased with pollination activities, and water availability for the upcoming growing season remains a top concern.
|Variety||Dormant||Green Tip||Pink Bud||Popcorn||Bloom||Petal Fall||Jacket||Out of Jacket|
Data reflects a composite of the growing region.