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Central California - February 26, 2014

This report covers conditions and observations made on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

Taken in the Tracy area of San Joaquin County, today’s photos for the central region present the developing nutlets of the Sonora, a sprayer making a preventative fungicide application in a Nonpareil and Carmel orchard, and the waning bloom of the Padre and Butte. Note the petals flying in the second photo as the sprayer moves through the orchard an indication that the bloom is well beyond its peak, despite the initial impression.

Clear skies at sunrise slowly transitioned into a high, thin broken overcast by the end of the day as the first of a series of storms forecast to bring rain to the region approached the state. Morning low temperatures dipped into the lower 40’s at sunrise, but warmed quickly as the morning progressed, topping out in the mid to upper 70’s. Light breezes preceded the approaching clouds, which provide accent to the sunset skies, but failed to alter the bee’s efforts during the day. The bees enjoyed a fifth day of supportive conditions and put in a solid 8 hours of very good activity in search of flowers to forage upon, focused primarily on the Butte and Padre varieties.

The warm temperatures of the past few days have caused a dramatic leap ahead in the pace of flower development in the northern San Joaquin Valley. While the few remaining flowers of the Sonora fade into the petal fall and jacket stages and nutlets emerge from their protective jackets, the bloom of the Nonpareil and California type varieties has dropped precipitously, spurred on by the above normal temperatures. While not quite as dramatic, the proportion of open flowers visible in the Carmel and Monterey has also tumbled.  An example of the “loose grip” that the trees have on the bloom is given in the second photo accompanying this report, as the sprayer in this photo creates a flurry of petals cascading from the trees. Observers are reporting that while the Butte and Padre varieties are still working their way towards peak bloom, advanced plantings, particularly those along the west side of the region have already reached their peak and have begun shedding petals aggressively. This is easily seen in today’s third photo. As a comparison and demonstration of the pace of development along the west side, the orchard in today’s third photo is the same one shown in the second photo on the February 24th report, just two days ago.

Light showers fell at sunrise in the Modesto area this morning and Doppler radar shows heavy rainfall approaching the length of the San Joaquin Valley. Equipment could be seen scurrying from orchard to orchards as growers prepared for the approaching storms.

Conditions

High Temperature: 77°F
Low Temperature: 40°F
Wind: 5 top 10 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear in morning, with a high, thin broken overcast at sunset.
Bee Activity: 8 Hours of very good actvity.
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Photos: Mel Machado, 2/26/14
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
0%
0%
4%
19%
77%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
38%
25%
37%
0%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
52%
20%
28%
0%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
67%
25%
8%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
55%
30%
15%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
2%
15%
74%
9%
0%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
8%
23%
63%
6%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region