This report covers conditions and observations made on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.
The photos accompanying today’s report reflect the bud development in the central part of the state. These photos present a down-the-row shot showing the bud development of the Aldrich variety being slightly ahead of the Nonpareil, the green tip stage being seen in Butte, and the scattered bloom and pink tip stage in Nonpareil.
Warm weather and partly cloudy skies continued to spur bud development. Though slightly cooler than yesterdays reported temperatures, flowers continued to advance at a rapid pace. Morning lows of 45 did little slow the progression of bloom while afternoon highs of 65 continued to promote bud development. Low winds and mild temperatures made for a beautiful day in the Central region. With more bloom available, bees put in 7 good hours of activity.
Current temperatures, combined with a lack of clouds and morning fog, have allowed bloom to begin progressing at a steady pace. Sonora and the earlier California varieties are moving along at a consistent pace about 4 or 5 days behind the Sonora. Nonpareil continues to move at a similar pace, just slightly behind the aforementioned pollenizers. Observers also noted that the later blooming Butte continues to be measurably ahead of the late blooming Padre. Butte is beginning to show some pink buds, and dormant buds are becoming harder to find.
Beekeepers are wrapping up what’s left of their deliveries, and dropping hives in orchards that they were unable to get into after last weekend’s rain. Growers in the northern area of the region are beginning to apply fungicide treatments to help prevent disease in the orchards that received rain.
|Variety||Dormant||Green Tip||Pink Bud||Popcorn||Bloom||Petal Fall||Jacket||Out of Jacket|
Data reflects a composite of the growing region.