February 19, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Thursday, February 18, 2016.

The photos for today’s report in the central region were all taken in Stanislaus County. The first photo shows a bee foraging for pollen in the Butte Variety in the Oakdale area, followed by photos of the petal fall stage in the Nonpareil and Aldrich varieties in Modesto.

Sunshine and slightly cooler temperatures covered the Northern San Joaquin Valley on Thursday. Overnight temperatures in the low 40s gave way to daytime highs in the low 60s. An early morning storm and daytime showers resulted in .5 to .75 inches of rain throughout the region. By early afternoon, dark clouds gave way to clear skies and allowed bees an opportunity for 3 to 4 hours of fair activity.

Petal fall is now well underway in the central region. As early blooming varieties reached or neared peak bloom, the high winds and rain associated with yesterday’s storm increased the rate at which flowers lost their petals. Due to the rapid progression of bloom and the results of the latest storm, Nonpareil, Monterey, and California-type pollenizers have all reached their peak bloom and are heading into the jacket stage.

With weekend temperatures forecasted in the mid 60s and low 70s, rapid bloom progression is expected to continue in the Carmel, Butte and Padre varieties, with earlier varieties progressing into and through the jacket stage.

Rain kept most equipment out of the fields. Growers without access to well water received welcome soil moisture and those who had been watering were able to turn their irrigation systems off.

By Brian Noeller



High Temperature: 62°F
Low Temperature: 42°F
Wind: 15 to 20. Gusts up to 25 mph.
Rain: .05" to 0.75" overnight and daytime showers.
Sky Conditions: Overcast. Clear by 1:00 PM.
Bee Activity: 3 to 4 hours of good activity in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. 5 to 6 hours of fair activity in Merced County.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Jereme Fromm
KC Stone

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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.

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