February 25, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

Taken in the Chowchilla area of Madera County, photos for today’s report show the petal fall and jacket stage in the Nonpareil variety, the bloom and petal fall stage in the Wood Colony variety, and a down-the-row shot of a Nonpareil and Sonora orchard in final stages of bloom.

Another warm and sunny day filled the South San Joaquin Valley Wednesday. Overnight temperatures in the low 40s quickly yielded to afternoon highs in the mid 70s. Calm winds and clear skies allowed bees to put in 7 solid hours of work.

More petals continue to be shed in the southern region. Nonpareil, Monterey, and California-type pollenizers now have less than one-quarter of their flowers presenting for pollination, while just under half of their flowers have lost all of their petals. Carmel is tacking a day behind Nonpareil. The early blooming Sonora has over half of its flowers with no petals remaining and just over 10% of its flowers still presenting for pollination. Butte and Padre are progressing within a day of each other. Butte still has 35% of its flowers presenting for pollination while Padre has half of its flowers open and intact. Over 40% of the flowers on both varieties are shedding petals.

Irrigation is beginning for growers that have access to water to support the emerging leaves. Fertilizer applications have also begun as trees begin to pull nutrients from the soil. Some growers are choosing to delay their second fungicide treat to allow leaves to further emerge.

By Brian Noeller


High Temperature: 75°F
Low Temperature: 41°F
Wind: 4 to 6 MPH with peak gusts of 9 MPH
Sky Conditions: Mostly Sunny
Bee Activity: 7.5 very good hours of activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Ernie Reichmuth
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.

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