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Southern California - February 27, 2013

This report covers conditions and observations made Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Today’s photos for the southern region present the developing bloom of the Nonpareil in Madera County, followed by the Carmel and Fritz in Kern County.

The blustery winds that buffeted the northern and central regions on Tuesday failed to reach into the southern San Joaquin. As a result, growers in the southern region enjoyed a clear, warm day with excellent opportunities for pollination. Morning low temperatures were widely reported in the mid and upper 30’s while daytime highs reached into the mid and upper 60’s. Following a relatively slow start as morning temperatures increased from their minimum values, bee flight operations were unimpeded and observers reported 7 to 8 hours of very good activity within the region’s orchards.

Clear skies and calm conditions dominated the weather in the southern region on Tuesday, providing excellent conditions for the developing bloom.  The Sonora variety is now, on average, at or near its peak bloom with advanced examples beginning to shed petals from the trees. California type varieties continue to lead the Nonpareil, with a majority of the buds in this grouping either open or in the popcorn stage. The Monterey is also poised to make a strong move into bloom and while leading the Carmel, is exhibiting excellent overlap with the Nonpareil. Observers are now reporting the first measurable proportion of open flowers in the Butte variety. As is normally the case, this late blooming type is leading the Padre, which has a significant proportion of its buds in the pink tip stage and has just begun to move into the popcorn.

While some growers have opted to apply preventative fungicides to their most susceptible varieties, the vast majority of growers are withholding treatments at this time, due to the lack of rain as the petals have emerged. Foliar nutrient sprays are being made, however, as growers work to support the developing flowers.

Conditions

High Temperature: 64°F
Low Temperature: 33°F
Wind: 2 to 10 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 7 Hours of excellent activity in northern areas. 4 Hours of fair activity and 5 hours of good activity in Kern County.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth and Gerald Guthrie, 2/27/13
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
5%
10%
83%
2%
0%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
1%
54%
29%
16%
0%
0%
0%
California
0%
0%
30%
31%
39%
0%
0%
0%
Carmel
0%
18%
66%
12%
4%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
6%
52%
25%
17%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
0%
23%
65%
10%
2%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
0%
58%
40%
2%
0%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region