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Southern California - February 26, 2014

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

Today’s photos for the southern region provide a down-the-row view of the Aldrich and Nonpareil, and a Padre/Butte planting under irrigation in Madera County, followed by a close-up of the developing nutlets of the Fritz in the Arvin area of Kern County.

Warm temperatures have provided for accelerated bud development in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Minimum temperatures dropped only into mid 40’s to lower 50’s on Tuesday morning, setting the stage for the warmest day of the season thus far, with afternoon highs reaching to just over the 80 degree mark in the Fresno and Kern County area. The warm temperatures provided excellent support for the bees’ endeavors, providing for 8 to 9 hours of excellent activity.

Observers in the southern San Joaquin Valley have reported that unseasonably warm temperatures experienced over the past few days have provided excellent support for bee flight in the region’s orchards. However, the record and near-record temperatures have also initiated a sharp decline in the bloom and a reduction in the proportion of open flowers visible in all but the late blooming Butte and Padre varieties, which are just short of their peak condition.

The Sonora variety has completed its bloom, having dropped below the 10% threshold, and now has the majority of its flowers in the jacket stage. Meanwhile, the Nonpareil and California varieties are in a neck-and-neck race towards the completion of their bloom period, with both types having the majority of their flowers in the petal fall and jacket stages. As we lament the decline of the bloom, we must, however, concede that some Nonpareil and California type plantings are just now reaching their peak bloom. This is demonstrated in today’s first photo, showing an Aldrich and Nonpareil planting in Madera County that is just short of its peak bloom. This can be compared to the Fritz in our third photo, a California type similar to the Aldrich, which is obviously well into the petal fall and jacket stages and provides an example of the high degree of variation expressed in the 2014 bloom.

Orchard activities continued at a feverish pace as growers worked to prepare their orchards from the approaching storms. Growers are hopeful that enough rain will fall preclude the need for an irrigation, thus saving some of their water for later in the growing season. 

Conditions

High Temperature: 81°F
Low Temperature: 42°F
Wind: 2 to 10 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear in morning, with high, thin clouds during the afternoon hours.
Bee Activity: 8 to 9 Hours of excellent activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth and Matt Willson, 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%
6%
33%
60%
1%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
38%
34%
28%
0%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
36%
34%
30%
0%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
1%
65%
28%
6%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
1%
58%
35%
6%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
1%
7%
83%
9%
0%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
7%
21%
72%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region