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Southern California - March 14, 2013

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

Today’s photos for the southern region present a down-the-row shot of the Nonpareil and Carmel and the petal fall and jacket stage of the Butte in Madera County, followed by the developing nutlets of the Monterey in Kern County.

High, wispy clouds provided accent to otherwise clear, bright skies over the southern region on Wednesday, helping to provide the warmest temperatures of the year, thus far. Minimum temperatures dropped only into the mid 40’s during the night, while daytime maximums reached into the low to mid 80’s. The rapidly rising temperatures provided ample encouragement for the bees to leave the hives and observers noted 9 hours of very good activity on the little viable bloom remaining to be pollinated.

With only the Padre presenting a noteworthy amount of viable bloom for pollination, the bloom in the southern San Joaquin Valley is now nearly complete. Observers are reporting that while a small amount of flowers can be seen on Nonpareil and several of the California type varieties, close examination of the flowers reveals that they are in fact no longer viable. As predicted in yesterday’s report, the Carmel has joined Monterey in the completion of its bloom, with both now displaying an insignificant number of viable flowers. Given the absence of flowers in many of the region’s orchards, the Padre will surely experience another day of intense attention from the bees as they search for pollen and nectar.

Beekeepers have begun removing hives from the orchards. As they do so, growers continue to irrigate their orchards to support the developing crop’s needs under the pressure of the above normal temperatures. Observers have noted that local irrigation districts have not yet begun deliveries, leaving growers to rely on their privately owned deep wells for water.

Conditions

High Temperature: 84°F
Low Temperature: 46°F
Wind: 2 to 10 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: Clear.
Bee Activity: 9 Hours of excellent activity on the insignificant amount of available bloom.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth and Gerald Guthrie, 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%
1%
95%
4%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
11%
89%
0%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
10%
90%
0%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
27%
68%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
4%
20%
76%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
7%
37%
56%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
12%
41%
47%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region