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Southern California - March 5, 2013

This report covers conditions and observations made Monday, March 4, 2013.

Today’s photos for the southern region provide us with a shot of the Sonora, showing a nutlet growing within the already fertilized flower,  followed by down-the-row views of the Fritz and Nonpareil and the Butte and Padre, all growing in Kern County.

As today’s photos attest, skies over the southern San Joaquin Valley were clear and sunny on Monday, supplying excellent conditions for bee flight and pollination of the crop. Morning low temperatures were reported in the mid 40’s while daytime highs reached to as high as 70 degrees. Observers reported that the quickly rising morning temperatures and absence of wind inspired the bees to leave their hives early in the morning, allowing them to put in a solid 9 hours of excellent activity.

Warm temperatures continue to influence the pace of bud development in the southern San Joaquin Valley. With the exception of the early blooming Sonora, which has already reached its peak bloom and is well into the petal fall and jacket stage, many orchards around the region are at or near their peak bloom. Observers reported that breezy conditions overnight helped to scrub petals from the trees in more advanced plantings, increasing the degree of petal fall in Nonpareil and many California type orchards. Meanwhile, Carmel, Monterey and Butte plantings around the region are growing well and approaching their peak bloom. While the Padre is trailing the Butte, there is an ample amount of bloom available for pollination to adequately cover the Butte.

Observers reported that sprayers could be seen in all areas of the region applying preventative fungicides in advance of the storm system approaching the state. Most growers are also including foliar nutrients in the treatment in an effort to support the developing crop. For those who have completed their treatments, irrigation is a regular chore, even at this early date.

Conditions

High Temperature: 70°F
Low Temperature: 41°F
Wind: 2 to 10 mph, reaching the lower teens during the afternoon hours.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 9 Hours of excellent activity
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Gerry Guthrie, 3/5/13
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Bloom Status


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
0%
0%
60%
30%
10%
0%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
1%
7%
86%
6%
0%
0%
California
0%
0%
0%
4%
82%
8%
6%
0%
Carmel
0%
0%
3%
18%
79%
0%
0%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
1%
16%
83%
0%
0%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
8%
12%
80%
0%
0%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
15%
30%
55%
0%
0%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region