February 16, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Monday, February 15, 2016.

Taken in the Dixon area of Solano County, the first photo in today’s report for the northern region illustrates the developing pink bud stage in the Padre variety. The final two photos show the developing bloom in the Nonpareil variety and a down-the-row shot of an Aldrich and Price orchard in the Durham area of Butte County.

More warm weather and clear skies continued to shine the Sacramento Valley on Monday. Overnight lows in the high 40s gave way to daytime highs in the upper 70s with some areas breaking the 80 degree mark. Gusty conditions in the late afternoon did little to deter the bees as 6 to 8 hours of solid bee activity was observed.

Bloom continues to advance at a quick pace in the northern region. Early blooming Sonora has a majority of its flowers presenting for pollination, with some petals beginning to fall. It should reach peak numbers of open flowers in the next few days. Nonpareil, Monterey, and California type pollinizers are about two to three days behind Sonora. Within various orchards, Californias and Montereys are synched to within half a day of Nonpareil making for excellent conditions to cross pollinate. Carmel is a day behind Nonpareil. All remaining buds in these varieties have pink tissue emerging from the sepals and will be presenting for pollination in the coming days. The later blooming Butte and Padre appear to be progressing in lock step two to three days behind Nonpareil with 15-20% of flowers presenting for pollination.

Fungicide applications continue as growers are racing to stay ahead of the coming rain predicted for Wednesday afternoon. Replacement trees are being planted where older trees have died or fallen. Mummy removal is virtually complete in all orchards.

By Brian Noeller



High Temperature: 78°F
Low Temperature: 50°F
Wind: 6 to 8 MPH
Sky Conditions: Clear
Bee Activity: 6 to 8 Good to Very Good Hours
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Ryan Christy
Dennis Meinberg

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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.

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