February 17, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Photos accompanying today’s report were all taken in Stanislaus County. The first photo shows a grower mowing the grasses in his orchard in the Salida area, followed by photos of the bloom in the Nonpareil and Fritz varieties along the west side of the valley in the Westley area.

It was another beautiful day in the Northern San Joaquin Valley with warm weather and clear skies. Overnight lows in the low 50s gave way to daytime highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds and clear skies made for excellent pollinating weather as bees were able to put in 7 to 8 hours of excellent work.

The warm weather in the central region continues to advance bloom quickly. Nonpareil and its California-type pollinizers now have over half of their flowers presenting for pollination. The early blooming Sonora variety is beginning to shed petals and has almost three quarters of its flowers presenting for pollination. Monterey and Carmel varieties are roughly a day behind Nonpareil. The late blooming Butte variety is advancing rapidly, as almost one third of its flowers are presenting for pollination while the Padre variety is about a day behind. Variety synchronization throughout the region’s orchards appears ideal as most trees are blooming in lock step with one another.

Fungicide treatments should be completed by Wednesday to allow enough time for the material to dry before the anticipated rain.

By Brian Noeller


High Temperature: 75°F
Low Temperature: 43°F
Wind: 2 to 5 mph
Sky Conditions: High, thin clouds. Light fog burned off by 9:00.
Bee Activity: 7 to 8 hours of very good activity. 6 hours in foggiest areas.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Mel Machado
Jereme Fromm

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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.

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