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Northern California - March 1, 2013

This report covers conditions and observations made Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Taken in the Maxwell area of Colusa County, today’s photos for the northern region present a down-the-row shot of the Nonpareil and Winters, followed by an overview of the Nonpareil, Carmel and Sonora. Our final photo of the week provides a shot of a few local tourists passing through an orchard.

In contrast to the previous night, when minimum temperatures dropped into the upper 20’s, lowest readings on Thursday morning were widely reported in the mid 40’s. Temperatures warmed quickly as the morning progressed, reaching their highest values of the day in the lower 70’s. Owing to the warmer minimum temperatures, bee flight operations began earlier in the morning and continued throughout the day, with observers reporting a total of 8 hours of excellent activity in the orchards.

Thursday’s nearly perfect weather conditions provided strong support for the bloom and the bees daily activities. Observers have reported that the Sonora has now passed its peak bloom and has started its evolution into petal fall. The various California type varieties are all running ahead of the Nonpareil this year and as an aggregate, are now presenting a majority of their flowers for pollination. These varieties have made a strong surge ahead over the past 24 hours under the influence of the warm overnight temperatures. As in the San Joaquin Valley, the Monterey is leading the Carmel this year and is overlapping well with the Nonpareil. Late blooming Butte and Padre both have the vast majority of their buds in the pink tip and popcorn stages and can be expected to move steadily into bloom over the weekend should the warm temperatures continue.

Growers have begun preventative fungicide applications due to forecasts of rain in the coming week. Spray rigs will crawl through the region’s orchards throughout the night as growers work to ensure adequate protection against fungal diseases.

Conditions

High Temperature: 72°F
Low Temperature: 44°F
Wind: 0 to 7 mph.
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: Clear with a few high, wispy clouds.
Bee Activity: 8 Hours of excellent activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy, 3/1/13
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
0%
11%
82%
7%
0%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
5%
43%
52%
0%
0%
0%
California
0%
0%
2%
34%
64%
0%
0%
0%
Carmel
0%
0%
12%
47%
41%
0%
0%
0%
Peerless
0%
0%
0%
25%
73%
2%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
6%
39%
55%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
25%
45%
30%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
35%
45%
20%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region