February, 20, 2015

This report covers conditions and observations made on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

The first two photos in today’s report, taken in the Turlock area, show the bud development in the Butte and Padre varieties, and petals shedding in the Monterey variety. The third photo illustrates great overlap in bloom in the Nonpareil and Fritz varieties in the Vernalis area.

Dense fog blanketed the North San Joaquin Valley for most of the morning and gave away to overcast skies in the afternoon. Morning temperatures in the mid-40s never got above the upper 50s for the day. The sun did not show in much of the region for more than a few minutes. The low temperature and lack of sun in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties made for little to no bee activity for the day. The only part of the region where sunshine burned through the fog was Southern Merced County, where observers reported that bees were able to put in seven good hours of work.

Bloom progression that was observed is due largely to advancement that occurred during yesterday’s favorable weather. The early blooming Sonora is well into petal fall with more jackets showing up daily. Nonpareil remains hovering around peak levels of flowers available for pollination as more petals are beginning to shed. California type varieties and Monterey appear to be in lock step with the Nonpareil. Some advanced plantings of Butte and Padre are displaying peak numbers of open flowers while petal fall has begun. However, average advancement of plantings is still approaching peak number of flowers available for pollination, with Butte a couple of days ahead of Padre and no petals shedding in either variety.

Growers took advantage of the lack of bee activity to mow weeds and making fungicide treatments during daytime hours while bees stayed safely in their hives.

Please note a data entry error on the Padre from yesterday’s report has been corrected.



High Temperature: 59°F
Low Temperature: 44°F
Wind: 2 to 5 mph
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: Low and overcast with periods of broken clouds
Bee Activity: Little to none in San Joaquine and Stanislaus Counties, up to 7 good hous in Southern 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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