This report covers conditions and observations made between Friday, February 27 and Sunday, March 1, 2015.
The photos accompanying today’s report for the central region were taken in eastern Stanislaus County showing the jacket stage and small amounts of nutlets in the Nonpareil, the petal fall and jacket stages in the Butte variety, and the dwindling bloom in the Padre.
Parts of the central region received measurable rainfall over the weekend, with as much as .20 inches reported in the Ripon area. Periods of rain and cloud cover Saturday afternoon were overshadowed by warm temperatures the rest of the weekend. Temperatures reached the mid-60s, with a low temperature reported in the upper 30s. With these conditions, bees were able to put in an average of 6 hours of good activity, outside of the rain events.
Rain, light winds and warm conditions encouraged the advancement from petal fall to the jacket stage for most varieties in the central region. The Nonpareil, California and Monterey varieties are beginning to show measurable nutlet development, while the Butte and Padre varieties still have measurable levels of flowers available for pollination. Southern Merced County is still lagging behind the rest of the district in bloom cycle. Over one-quarter of flowers in Butte and one-third of flowers in Padre remain available for pollination while other areas were closer to 10% to 20% of available flowers.
Growers continue orchard maintenance activities, and those with available water are continuing their regular irrigation schedule. With bloom winding down in the central region, the focus has shifted toward water availability and anticipated allotment for the growing season.
|Variety||Dormant||Green Tip||Pink Bud||Popcorn||Bloom||Petal Fall||Jacket||Out of Jacket|
Data reflects a composite of the growing region.