March 1, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made Monday, February 29, 2016.

This is the final daily report of the 2016 bloom season. The next scheduled report will be posted on Monday, March 7, 2016. In the event of any significant occurrences prior to that date, this site will be updated as soon as possible.

Taken throughout Stanislaus County, photos for today’s report illustrate the jacket stage and nutlet development in the Carmel and Nonpareil varieties. The third photo shows the remaining petal fall, as well as jacket stage in the Butte variety.

Warm weather and partly cloudy skies covered the North San Joaquin Valley on Monday. Overnight lows in the mid 40s gave way to highs in the mid 70s with calm winds. As bloom draws to its conclusion bees were able to put in 7 solid hours of work on what few viable flowers were left.

Very few petals are left in all the earlier blooming orchards and leaves are starting to emerge quickly in the central region. The early blooming Sonora is now completely leafed out with a few nutlets starting to emerge. Nonpareil, Monterey, Carmel, and California-type varieties have only around one-tenth of their petals remaining. The later blooming Butte have no viable flowers remaining while Padre has under 5% of its flowers presenting for pollination. The ground is white with petals from shedding flowers.

Beekeepers are starting to remove hives in earlier blooming orchards. Weather forecasts predict a powerful storm sweeping through the region over the weekend, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. The potential for these conditions have growers ready to apply another round of fungicide treatments with those that haven’t yet applied fertilizers beginning to do so.

By Brian Noeller

Conditions

High Temperature: 72°F
Low Temperature: 45°F
Wind: 4 to 6 mph. Gusts up to 9 mph.
Sky Conditions: Partly cloudy.
Bee Activity: 6 to 8 hours of very good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Jereme Fromm
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket
sonora%%%%%%99%1%
nonpareil%%%%%7%93%%
california%%%%%6%94%%
carmel%%%%%18%82%%
monterey%%%%%16%84%%
butte%%%%%39%61%%
padre%%%%3%45%52%%

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.