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Northern California - February 26, 2013

This report covers conditions and observations made Monday, February 25, 2013.

Today’s photos for the northern region present views of the Winters and Nonpareil near Orland and the Nonpareil and Carmel near Williams, while our final image provides an overhead view of the bloom south of Arbuckle.

Clear, bright skies covered the Sacramento Valley on Monday, providing good support of the bees’ daily work and for the developing bloom. Morning low temperatures were widely reported in the mid and upper 30’s, while daytime highs reached into the mid 60’s. The mild conditions and warming temperatures provided strong impetus for the bees to leave their hives and observers reported 7 to 8 hours of excellent activity for the day.

The bloom in the Sacramento Valley continues to develop ahead of that in the San Joaquin and with the emergence of the first measurable bloom of the Padre, all varieties within the northern region now have some degree of their flowers available for pollination. Observers are reporting that the bloom from Colusa County south is the most advanced in the region with a significant proportion of the flowers in the Sonora, Nonpareil and California types open and available for pollination. However, observers are also reporting that while the overlap between varieties within any given orchard is quite good, there is a fairly wide range of development between orchards within any geographic area of the region as well.

On the whole, the bloom of the Sonora and Peerless has made great strides over the past 24 hours, with smaller increases noted in the amount of open bloom within the Monterey and Butte varieties. Observers are reporting that within the California varieties, the Aldrich is making a very good showing this year, with the trees presenting a very strong bloom.

Many growers are saying that they will delay preventative fungicide treatments for the time being, given the currently dry conditions. The lack of morning dew has aided to reduce the potential for infection in many areas of the region.

Conditions

High Temperature: 65°F
Low Temperature: 35°F
Wind: 0 to 5 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 7 to 8 Hours of excellent actvity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Dennis Menberg and Ryan Christy, 2/26/13
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
10%
45%
45%
0%
0%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
8%
38%
38%
16%
0%
0%
0%
California
0%
6%
24%
40%
30%
0%
0%
0%
Carmel
1%
15%
33%
38%
13%
0%
0%
0%
Peerless
0%
1%
10%
49%
40%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
5%
46%
30%
19%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
4%
23%
47%
22%
4%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
5%
27%
49%
18%
1%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region