This report covers conditions and observations made on Monday, February 23, 2015.
The photos in today’s report, taken in the Turlock area, show the developing nutlets of Nonpareil, the bloom of the Padre, and a grower applying fertilizer in a Butte and Padre orchard.
Early overcast skies gave way to sunshine and light winds by early afternoon in the northern San Joaquin Valley. Morning temperatures in the lower 40’s gave way to afternoon highs in the lower 60’s, after the morning clouds dissipated. The bees began foraging as the clouds diminished and with favorable afternoon conditions were able to put in 5 hours of good activity.
Monday’s lighter winds in the northern San Joaquin provided for a much lower loss of petals than was experienced in the Sacramento Valley. Observers are reporting the first nutlets of the early blooming Sonora are just beginning to break free from their jackets. While the bloom is declining in the Nonpareil, Carmel and California varieties, the late blooming Butte and Padre still have a significant proportion of their flowers viable and available to the bees. This is particularly so in eastern Merced County, which is running approximately two days behind the balance of the county due to the heavier soil conditions found there. Many Butte and Padre plantings east of the community of Merced are just now at or near their peak condition.
As seen in the third image accompanying this report, growers are beginning to apply fertilizers to support the developing crop. Barring any additional rainfall in the near future, growers with water available will also begin irrigations as needed.
|Variety||Dormant||Green Tip||Pink Bud||Popcorn||Bloom||Petal Fall||Jacket||Out of Jacket|
Data reflects a composite of the growing region.