February 29, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made between Friday, February 26 and Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Taken in Stanislaus County, the first photo in today’s report shows a nutlet in the Sonora variety beginning to break free from its jacket, followed by a photo of the jacket stage in the Fritz variety and nutlet development in the Nonpareil variety.

Warm, sunny weather filled the Northern San Joaquin Valley for most of the weekend with some clouds and a light breeze moving in on Sunday. Friday and Saturday saw morning lows in the mid 40s quickly give way to afternoon highs in the mid 70s. Skies were clear and winds were calm both days with bees able to work for 7 solid hours. Sunday’s highs hovered around 70 with a light breeze and some clouds. Partly cloudy skies and breezy conditions limited bees to 5 good hours of work on what little bloom was left. All but a few bees have moved on to other sources of pollen where available.

Bloom is drawing to its conclusion in the central region. The late blooming Butte and Padre have under one-tenth of their flowers presenting for pollination. Petals continue to shed rapidly now, covering the ground. All other varieties no longer have any viable flowers left and leaf tissue is beginning to emerge. Nutlets have yet to emerge from their protective jackets, though they are starting to get bigger.

Growers that have not yet made their second fungicide treatments will be making them this week as rain is predicted for the end of the week. Bee keepers will begin removing hives this week in early blooming varieties.

By Brian Noeller

Conditions

High Temperature: 69°F
Low Temperature: 45°F
Wind: 6 to 7 mph. Gusts up to 10.
Sky Conditions: Partly cloudy.
Bee Activity: 5 to 6 hours of good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Jereme Fromm
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%%%%%100%%
nonpareil%%%%%12%88%%
california%%%%%11%89%%
carmel%%%%1%29%70%%
monterey%%%%%26%74%%
butte%%%%4%44%52%%
padre%%%%9%48%43%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.