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Northern California - March 13, 2013

This report covers conditions and observations made Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

This report’s photos for the northern region show an orchard under irrigation and a shot of the developing nutlets of the Sonora in the Durham area of Butte County, followed by the declining bloom of the Butte in the Dixon area of Solano County.

Clear, bright skies covered the northern region at sunrise, Tuesday, promising another day of good support for the final days of the 2013 bloom. Morning lows were reported in the lower 40’s while daytime highs reached into the mid 70’s. Observers reported that the calm conditions conspired with the warm temperatures to drive the bees into the orchards in search of flowers for 8 to 9 hours of very good activity.

Observers are reporting that the nutlets of the Sonora variety can be easily seen breaking free from their protective jackets in all area of the region. Meanwhile, in the region’s northern areas where the majority of the Sacramento Valley’s Peerless trees are grown, nutlets of this hardshell almond can also be seen splitting the jacket, with the largest examples casting their jackets to the orchard floor.

The bloom of the Nonpareil, California and Monterey varieties has been completed, with each type now having the vast majority of their flowers in the jacket stage. Carmel continues its steady decline and is expected to complete its bloom shortly, given the warmer temperatures forecast for today.  Observers are reporting that in much of the region, the Butte and Padre varieties were the only ones with viable bloom available to the bees and were drawing their full attention as they searched for nectar and pollen to take back to the hives.

Growers are enjoying the warm temperatures and are taking advantage of the calm conditions to complete fertilizer applications and begin fungicide treatments. While the current conditions offer little opportunity for fungal growth, the possibility of rain next week has growers preparing for increased disease pressure. Many have foregone treatments this year or have made only one treatment given the absence of significant rain during this year’s bloom.

Conditions

High Temperature: 76°F
Low Temperature: 40°F
Wind: 0 to 5 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 8 to 9 Hours of very good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


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


Dormant
Green Tip
Pink Bud
Popcorn
Bloom
Petal Fall
Jacket
Out of Jacket
Sonora
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
3%
85%
12%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
19%
76%
0%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
2%
19%
79%
0%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
13%
37%
50%
0%
Peerless
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
98%
2%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
3%
18%
79%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
22%
38%
40%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
27%
53%
20%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region