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Southern California - March 1, 2013

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

This report’s photos for the southern region provide a glimpse of the developing bloom of the Nonpareil, followed by a grower applying preventative fungicides to the Nonpareil and Fritz, both in the Chowchilla area of Madera County. Our final photo presents the still dark rows of the Nonpareil and Monterey in Kern County. This image provides a strong comparison of the degree of variation evident in this year’s bloom.

Clear, bright skies and comfortable temperatures blessed the southern San Joaquin Valley on Thursday, providing another day of good support for the 2013 bloom. Morning low temperatures were reported predominately in the upper 30’s, with warmest locations dropping only into the lower 40’s. Temperatures recovered nicely as the morning progressed, driving the bees from their hives fairly early in the morning, with readings reaching into the upper 60’s and lower 70’s by mid-afternoon. Observers reported that a steady hum of activity could be heard in the orchards as the bees put in 8 hours of excellent activity foraging upon the open flowers.

Observers have reported that the bloom has made an aggressive leap ahead over the past 24 hours, with a strong progression from pink tip through popcorn and into bloom. The Sonora has moved beyond its peak bloom and is now moving into petal fall. Meanwhile, the Nonpareil presents a particularly wide variation in development within the region. While some plantings have a majority of their flowers open for pollination, others, such as the one in today’s third photo have only a few scattered open flowers. Observers are reporting that this variation is particularly evident in orchards in Kern County, although observers in other areas of the region are reporting similar variation. As noted in previous reports, in spite of the wide degree of variation between orchards, observers are reporting that the overlap between varieties within orchards is quite good.

Continuing the trend established as the buds entered their earliest stages of development, California type varieties are leading the Nonpareil and now have a majority of their flowers open and available. Monterey is leading the Carmel, with both having adequate overlap with their associated Nonpareil. Strong movement has also been noted in the Butte and Padre, with both having a majority of their buds in the pink tip stage, poised to move through the popcorn stage and into bloom in the next few days.

Growers have begun spraying operations in the more advanced orchards in anticipation of potentially inclement weather toward the middle or end of next week.  Growers are also irrigating to support the new crop and to mitigate the very dry soil conditions.  Observers have noted that the moisture profile in most plantings is very low at this time.

Conditions

High Temperature: 72°F
Low Temperature: 37°F
Wind: 0 to 10 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: Ernie Reichmuth and Gerald Guthrie, 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%
1%
2%
87%
10%
0%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
20%
35%
45%
0%
0%
0%
California
0%
0%
12%
25%
63%
0%
0%
0%
Carmel
0%
2%
56%
28%
14%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
33%
32%
35%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
0%
5%
52%
31%
12%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
0%
19%
64%
15%
2%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region