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Northern California - March 6, 2014

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

This is the final daily report of the 2014 bloom season. The next scheduled report will be posted on Monday, March 17, 2014. In the event of any significant occurrences prior to that date, this site will be updated as soon as possible.

This report’s photos for the northern region present the developing nutlets of the Nonpareil in Colusa County, followed by a down-the-row shot of the Aldrich and Butte and a shot of an aerial fungicide application in the Chico area of Butte County.

Overcast skies covered the Sacramento Valley all day Wednesday, bringing rain to the northern area of the region early in the morning and again at the end of the day.  Morning low temperatures were reported in the low to mid 50’s, while daytime highs reached into the low to mid 60’s. Winds were strongest in the region’s northern areas, which also received the greatest amount of rainfall, reaching speeds in the teens. While still cloudy, calmer conditions prevailed in the southern areas of the valley, where winds remained below 10 mph and the rain was delayed until after sunset. Rainfall totals ranged from 0.1 to 0.25 inch.

Bee activity on the small amount of bloom remaining in the region reflected the local conditions, with observers in the region’s northern areas reporting no activity and those in the southern areas reporting 3 to 4 hours of good activity under the cloudy skies.

With only an insignificant number of flowers remaining in the late blooming Butte and Padre, the bloom in the Sacramento Valley is now complete. As shown the in the first of today’s photos, nutlets are growing rapidly, supported by the expanding leaf cover. Nutlets have begun to differentiate in size and emerge from their protective jackets, while those that were not fertilized during the pollination process have begun to wither and fall from the trees. Weather conditions in the coming days will play a large role in determining the number of nuts that make it though the differentiation process, with bright skies and warm temperatures providing the best support.

Ironically, while the rain the region has experienced has been well received, it has done little to alleviate concerns of the drought while increasing the chances of fungal infections on the developing nutlets and expanding leaves. Orchards planted in heavier soils have been rendered inaccessible by heavy machinery and some growers have had to call in aircraft to provide adequate protection against disease.

Conditions

High Temperature: 67°F
Low Temperature: 52°F
Wind: 10 to 20 mph in northern areas. 5 to 10 mph in the south.
Rain: 0.1 to 0.25 inch, falling mostly in the northern areas of the region.
Sky Conditions: Overcast all day.
Bee Activity: None in northern areas. 3 to 4 Hours of good activity farther to the south.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy, 3/6/14
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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%
0%
75%
25%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
7%
78%
15%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
4%
81%
15%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
21%
72%
6%
Peerless
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
72%
28%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
15%
73%
12%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
3%
40%
52%
5%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
6%
46%
48%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region