February 29, 2016

This report covers conditions and observations made between Friday, February 26 and Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Today’s photos were taken in Madera County and provide a look at the jacket stage and developing nutlets in the Nonpareil and Sonora varieties, followed by a down-the-row shot of a Nonpareil and Aldrich orchard.

Warm weather continued in the southern region over the weekend. Daytime highs reached into the low 70s and overnight lows remained in the high 40s. Partly cloudy skies covered the area, but warmer overnight and high morning temperatures encouraged bees to work early. Observers reported 6 to 8 hours of very good activity each day.

Warmer temperatures, as well as sporadic winds, has helped accelerate petal fall in the earlier blooming varieties. Sonora, Nonpareil and California-type pollenizers no longer have measurable amounts of bloom. Nutlets can be seen forming in these varieties, although none have broken free from their protective jacket. Butte and Padre varieties can still be seen with small amounts of bloom in some areas throughout the region.

The consistently warm weather in recent weeks has encouraged growers with access to well water to continue irrigating. In some cases, bees have been removed from orchards with early blooming varieties. Warm weather through the end of this week is predicted to give way to wet weather through this weekend and following week. With bloom nearly complete in the southern region, growers look forward to the possibility of well-timed rain.

By Jereme Fromm


High Temperature: 68°F
Low Temperature: 45°F
Wind: 5 to 7 mph. Gusts up to 10 mph.
Sky Conditions: Partly cloudy.
Bee Activity: 6 hours of very good 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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