February 9, 2015

This report cover conditions and observations made between Friday, February 6 and Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Taken in Colusa County, today’s report for the northern region presents examples of the Winters and Nonpareil near Maxwell, followed by the Fritz and Nonpareil and the Fritz and Aldrich near Williams, all along the west side of the Sacramento Valley.

Wet, stormy conditions dominated the weather in the Sacramento Valley over the weekend as a series of storms swept over the state. The tropical origins of the storms produced unseasonably mild temperatures, with morning lows in the low to mid 50’s and daytime highs in the mid 60’s. Blustery winds accompanied the storm’s passage, with sustained speeds in excess of 20 mph and gusts approaching 40 mph. Precipitation totals for the weekend ranged from 1.5 to as much as 3.0 inches. While a few hardy souls did venture out in search of flowers between rain events, the wet, dark skies and blustery conditions conspired to keep the bees largely within their hives for the duration of the period.

As may be seen in the photos accompanying this report, the bloom has begun among the early-blooming varieties in the Sacramento Valley. While advanced examples of the Sonora and California type varieties are leading their associated Nonpareil, observers are reporting generally good overlap between varieties, with a fairly wide variation from orchard to orchard within varieties. The Peerless and Monterey varieties are also leading their associated Nonpareil, with both types just beginning to present their first open flowers for pollination.

Wet conditions have precluded entry into most of the region’s orchards. Some orchards are yet to receive the hives needed for pollination and given the comparatively warm temperatures, growers will be sending sprayers into the orchards to complete disease preventing treatments as soon as they are able to enter the orchards. For those with orchards on the heaviest, poorly drained soils, aircraft may be called into complete these treatments.




High Temperature: 65°F
Low Temperature: 52°F
Wind: 10-15 mph
Rain: 1.5 to 3 inches
Sky Conditions: Overcast all weekend
Bee Activity: 2 to 3 hours of poor activity between rain events
Current weather at the National Weather Service
Ryan Christie
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Bloom Status

VarietyDormantGreen TipPink BudPopcornBloomPetal FallJacketOut of Jacket

Data reflects a composite of the growing region.

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