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Central California - February 26, 2013

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

Taken in Escalon area of San Joaquin County, today’s photos for the central region present the developing bloom of the Price and Fritz, followed by grower spreading compost between rows of the Aldrich and Nonpareil.

Calm winds and bright, clear skies graced the central region on Monday, providing good support for the developing bloom. Morning low temperatures were reported in the low to mid 30’s throughout the region while daytime highs reached into the mid 60’s. The mild conditions provided strong support for the bees’ efforts and observers reported 7 to 8 hours of excellent activity on the developing bloom.

The bloom in the central region is progressing well under the influence of the slight increase in temperatures. Observers are reporting that orchards along the I-5 corridor on the west side of the valley are the most advanced in the region, with Sonora, Nonpareil and California type varieties presenting the greatest amount of bloom available in the region. The balance of the region presents more of a mixed bag of maturity. Within any variety, plantings may be found along the Highway 99 corridor and within the eastern foothills that are fairly well advanced. However, as in the third of today’s photos, showing the Nonpareil and Aldrich, some plantings may be particularly delayed when compared with other orchards within the area.

Growers are monitoring their orchards closely in order to properly time applications of preventative fungicides. Last week’s rain event occurred before most plantings reached disease susceptible stages of development. Disease susceptibility has increased with the bloom’s progression and while rain is not currently in the forecast, morning dew can also provide enough moisture to initiate infections. Accordingly, a few sprayers could be seen running through the orchards as growers of the most disease prone varieties made their first preventative treatment. Other cultural practices were also being completed, including irrigation, brush shredding in young, more recently pruned orchards and fertilizer applications, as witnessed in today’s third photo.

Conditions

High Temperature: 65°F
Low Temperature: 32°F
Wind: Calm in morning. 5 to 15 mph in late afternoon. Not a factor for the day.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 7 to 8 Hours of excellent activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Mel Machado, 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%
7%
19%
74%
0%
0%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
9%
71%
12%
8%
0%
0%
0%
California
0%
4%
62%
19%
15%
0%
0%
0%
Carmel
0%
35%
60%
3%
2%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
18%
77%
5%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
2%
55%
43%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
3%
63%
34%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region