February 12, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Today’s photos for the north region present a close up of Padre buds in the advanced pink bud stage with some popcorn buds showing in Chico, followed by a down the row view of a Nonpareil and Price orchard in Chico. Lastly there is a panoramic photo of a Nonpareil, Winters, Butte, and Monterey orchard in bloom in Maxwell.

Great weather and excellent bee activity continue to be the theme of the Sacramento Valley’s almond bloom. Temperatures warmed up early from overnight lows in the low 40’s and rose into the mid 60’s by the afternoon. Low wind speeds of 3 to 8 mph combined with very few high thin clouds made for another beautiful day in the northern region. Bees responded well to the fine weather and were foraging for pollen early and often. With a significant number of flowers open bees were able to put in 7 to 8 hours of very good activity.

Ideal weather has continued to push bloom forward at a vigorous pace in the northern region. The early blooming Sonora variety is at nearly 50% blooms presenting for pollination with a slight amount of petal fall beginning. California types are not far behind with flowers at 35% presenting for pollination and overlapping nicely with the Nonpareil cultivar which is slightly behind. Carmel continues to bring up the rear for the pollenizers averaging 2 or 3 days behind Nonpareil. Observers also noted that there are now measurable numbers of open blooms presenting for pollination in the late blooming Butte variety. Its main pollenizer, Padre, as seen in the first photo is showing lots of pink bud and some popcorn.

Fungicide treatments continue in the Sacramento valley as there are enough flowers open to make an effective application. With no rain on the horizon it remains to be seen if growers will need to apply a second treatment in 10 to 14 days.



High Temperature: 65°F
Low Temperature: 43°F
Wind: 3 mph
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: Scattered clouds
Bee Activity: 7 hours of very good activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.

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