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Northern California - March 14, 2013

This report covers conditions and observations made Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Today’s photos for the northern region present several views of the Nonpareil; first a down-the-row shot of the Carmel and Nonpareil in the Dunnigan area followed by a close-up from the same orchard showing the nutlets emerging from their jackets. Our final image presents a shot of the Price and Nonpareil in the Chico area of Butte County.

Generally clear skies with only few high, wispy clouds dominated the Sacramento Valley’s weather on Wednesday, providing another day of good support for the developing crop. Morning lows were reported in the low to mid 40’s, while daytime highs reached to just over 80 degrees. Observers reported that the rapidly warming temperatures drove the bees from their hives, providing for a full 9 hours of activity. However, given the small amount of bloom remaining in the region, their efforts were directed largely at the flowering weeds in and around the orchards.

The bloom in the Sacramento Valley is now nearly complete, with the Padre remaining as the only major variety presenting over 10% viable bloom… and just barely so. The lack of significant winds this week has left many Butte and Padre plantings covered with petals, even though the vast majority of their flowers are no longer viable. As may be seen in the photos accompanying today’s report, orchards around the region are becoming increasingly green as the newly emerged leaves grow in size. Within the cover of leaves, the rapidly growing nutlets, swelling within their jackets can be easily seen, leaving the trees with an overall “dirty” or “fuzzy” appearance when viewed from afar.

Beekeepers have returned to the region’s orchards to service hives and begin the process of moving their colonies to the next crop requiring pollination. Growers have been busy mowing weed growth within their orchards, irrigating and preparing for fungicide treatments and foliar nutrient applications.

Conditions

High Temperature: 81°F
Low Temperature: 42°F
Wind: 0 to 5 mpn.
Rain: None
Sky Conditions: Clear
Bee Activity: 9 Hours of very good activity on the insignificant amount of bloom available.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy, 3/14/13
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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%
0%
77%
23%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
10%
85%
1%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
9%
88%
3%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
6%
28%
66%
0%
Peerless
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
97%
3%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
2%
11%
85%
2%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
10%
33%
57%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
11%
56%
33%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region