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Southern California - March 13, 2013

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

This report’s photos for the southern region present down-the-row views of the Monterey and Carmel, along with a younger Nonpareil and Monterey planting in the Chowchilla area of Madera County and the developing nutlets of the Nonpareil in Kern County.

Rising temperatures matched or broke a few records in the southern San Joaquin Valley on Tuesday, pushing bud developing strongly ahead. Morning low temperatures were widely reported in the low to mid 40’s, while daytime highs reached into the mid and upper 70’s.  Observers in Kern County reported light, patchy fog early in the morning, the result of residual moisture remaining after last week’s rain. However, what little fog did form quickly dissipated and was not a factor for the bees.  Rather, observers reported that the clear blue skies and rapidly rising temperatures encouraged the bees to leave their hives for a full 8 hours of excellent activity in search of flowers.

Observers are noting that the floors of many orchards around the southern region are becoming white with the snow-like covering of petals as the bloom drives towards its conclusion. Nutlets of the Sonora variety are now beginning to break free from their protective jackets, while those of the Nonpareil are increasing in size and beginning to strain against the jacket. The Monterey has joined the Sonora, Nonpareil and California types in completing its bloom period, now that the proportion of viable flowers available for pollination has dropped below 10%. With just over 10% of its flowers viable, the Carmel will be the next variety to complete its bloom, most likely within the next 24 hours, given the forecasted temperatures for today. Butte and Padre are also declining rapidly, with the vast majority of the flowers these late blooming cultivars now in the petal fall and jacket stages.  Nevertheless, given the amount of viable flowers available elsewhere in the orchards, the Butte and Padre was earning the nearly undivided attention of the bees on Tuesday as they searched for flowers to forage.

Conditions

High Temperature: 78°F
Low Temperature: 43°F
Wind: 0 to 10 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 8 Hours of very good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth and Gerald Guthrie, 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%
4%
95%
1%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
2%
20%
78%
0%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
18%
81%
0%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
12%
42%
46%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
9%
35%
56%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
15%
41%
44%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
23%
51%
26%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region