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Southern California - March 4, 2014

This report covers conditions and observations made on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Taken in the Chowchilla area of Madera County, today’s photos for the southern region present the developing nutlets of the Nonpareil and a down-the-row shot of a Nonpareil and Price planting and finally, a row of the Butte

Isolated areas of patchy morning fog in the northern areas of the region transitioned into partly cloudy conditions throughout the southern San Joaquin, providing the Central Valley’s best opportunity for pollination of the remaining bloom. Morning low temperatures dipped into the mid and upper 40’s throughout the region while daytime highs reached into the mid and upper 60’s. Light winds and partly cloudy skies allowed the sun to shine over the southern valley for most of the day, providing for 6 to 7 hours of fair activity in the region’s northern areas, while observers in Kern County reported 7 to 8 hours of excellent activity on the small amount of viable bloom remaining in the region. While the southern region did receive some rainfall, its arrival after 6 pm in the evening failed to impact the day’s pollination activities.

The bloom in the southern San Joaquin Valley is rapidly running towards its inevitable conclusion. Butte and Padre are currently presenting the greatest amount of bloom available for pollination. However, these are also winding down rapidly. Among the varieties that have already completed their bloom period, nutlets can be found growing within and emerging from their jackets with the trees becoming increasingly green as their leaves emerge and expand. The differentiation process has also begun in the Sonora, Nonpareil and advanced California varieties, wherein the nuts segregate into sizes and the smallest are dropped from the trees. This process is highly influence by the weather conditions, with bright sunlight and warm temperatures contributing greatly to the proportion of nuts that survive and are retained by the trees.

As was noted in yesterday’s report, the windy conditions over the weekend caused some trees to topple in the Kern County and Fresno County area. Following a closer survey, observers have reported that winds in the Kern County area wreaked havoc on a few well maintained orchards near Delano with a 220 acre orchard losing the equivalent of 10 acres while another 40 acre planting lost 800 trees or 20% of its population to the winds.

Growers who had not yet been able to provide their orchards with protection against fungal infections took advantage of the calmer conditions on Monday begin treatments. Some were forced to employ aircraft due to the saturated soils within their orchards. Ironically, while the rain prevented some from entering their fields, the drought is far from over.

Conditions

High Temperature: 67°F
Low Temperature: 44°F
Wind: 5 to 10 mph, gusts to 15 mph.
Rain: Trace to 0.1 inch in northwestern areas, only after 6 pm.
Sky Conditions: Overcast in northern areas in morning, transitioning to partly cloudy over entire region by mid-day.
Bee Activity: 6 to 7 Hours of fair activity in northern areas and 7 to 8 hours of excellent activity in Kern County.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth, 3/4/14
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
80%
19%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
11%
80%
9%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
13%
79%
7%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
24%
71%
4%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
2%
17%
77%
4%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
14%
33%
53%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
29%
43%
28%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region