February 24, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

Taken in Butte County, the first two photos in today’s report illustrate the jacket stage and early nutlet development in the Sonora variety in the Durham area, and a down-the-row shot of a Nonpareil and Carmel orchard in Chico. The third photo illustrates the bloom stage in the Butte variety in the Woodland area of Yolo County.

More beautiful weather graced the Sacramento Valley on Tuesday as bloom is quickly coming to its conclusion. Overnight temperatures in the low 40s quickly gave way to afternoon highs in the upper 60s with some areas breaking into the low 70s. Clear skies and calm winds made for another great day of bee activity as bees were able to put in 7 solid hours of work.

Petals continue to shed on all varieties on the northern region. The early blooming Sonora has almost no petals remaining and green leaf tissue is emerging. Nonpareil, Monterey, and California-type pollenizers have under ten percent of their flowers presenting for pollination while around two-thirds of the flowers have shed all of their petals. Carmel remains a day behind Nonpareil. The late blooming Butte and Padre have just over one-quarter of their flowers presenting for pollination with another quarter of their flowers having shed all of their petals.

Growers are beginning to apply fertilizer through their irrigation water as trees are starting to pull moisture and nutrients from the soil. Beekeepers will begin to take hives out of the fields next week as bloom continues to wind down.

By Brian Noeller


High Temperature: 69°F
Low Temperature: 41°F
Wind: 4 to 6 mph.
Sky Conditions: Clear skies.
Bee Activity: 6 to 8 hours of very good activity.
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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