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Southern California - February 26, 2013

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

Today’s photos for the southern region provide a shot an aerial application to an orchard west of Chowchilla, followed by down-the-row views of the Aldrich and Nonpareil and the Nonpareil and Monterey in Kern County.

Clear, bright skies covered the southern San Joaquin Valley on Monday, providing growers with calm conditions throughout the day. Morning low temperatures were reported in the low to mid 30’s. Temperatures increased nicely as the morning progressed, reaching their highest point in the mid 60’s by mid-afternoon. The calm conditions and seasonal maximum temperatures provided good support for the bees, which put in from 6 to 9 hours of excellent activity on the developing bloom.

The ever-so-slight increase in temperatures has provided good support for the developing bloom. Observers are reporting that there are wide variations in the stage of development between single varieties within any geographic area of the southern San Joaquin Valley. As is normally the case, orchards along the west side are generally running ahead of those in the balance of the region. However, there are orchards along the west side that are exhibiting a delayed development and are running neck and neck with plantings along the east side foothills and along the Highway 99 corridor.  Some observers are reporting that advanced Sonora plantings are at or near their peak bloom, while others are reporting as little as 25% of the flowers on this early blooming variety are open and available for pollination.

Growers have begun applications of foliar nutrient sprays in advanced orchards. Some are adding preventative fungicides to the mix in order to have a degree of protection against fungi that can infect the bloom as a result of moisture supplied by the morning dew. Last week’s rain did not cause significant problems, owing to the rapid nature of the storm, the cold temperatures and the quick drying after the storm’s passage.

Conditions

High Temperature: 65°F
Low Temperature: 32°F
Wind: 0 to 10 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 6 Hours of excellent activity in northern areas. 4 Hours good activity and 5 hours of excellent activity in Kern County.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Riechmuth and Gerald Guthrie, 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%
15%
18%
67%
0%
0%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
4%
62%
24%
11%
0%
0%
0%
California
0%
0%
41%
30%
29%
0%
0%
0%
Carmel
0%
36%
56%
8%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
14%
58%
20%
8%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
0%
41%
53%
6%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
1%
74%
25%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region