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Northern California - March 15, 2013

This report covers conditions and observations made Thursday, March 14, 2013.

This is the final daily report of the 2013 bloom season. The next scheduled report will be posted on Monday, March 25, 2013. In the event of any significant occurrences prior to that date, this site will be updated as soon as possible.

This report’s photos for the northern region present the developing nutlets of the Nonpareil and Fritz in the Arbuckle area of Colusa County and the Aldrich in the Orland area of Glenn County.

Clouds covered much of the Sacramento Valley on Thursday morning as the trailing edge of a weakening weather system passing north of the state moved through the region. Morning lows were reported in the mid 40’s to lower 50’s while daytime highs reached into the mid 70’s, buffered slightly by the mid-day clouds. Observers reported that the bees took advantage of the warm temperatures, putting in 8 hours of very good activity, focused on the flowering weeds in and around the orchards.

The bloom in the Sacramento Valley has been completed. Observers are reporting that nutlets are developing well, taking full advantage beneficial weather the region has experienced and that the orchards have taken on the characteristic “dirty” or “fuzzy” post-bloom appearance imparted by the mass of jackets covering the trees. Trees continue to cast spent petals to the orchard floor while the growing nutlets increase in size and push free from their protective jackets. Nutlets are now beginning the differentiation process wherein those that will be retained to harvest flourish and grow larger, while other, smaller nutlets are sequestered and shed from the tree. This natural process is highly dependent on post-bloom weather, which affects the amount of nutrients that trees can produce to support the developing crop. Obviously, bright sunshine and warm temperatures will be preferred over the weeks ahead.

During the next week, growers will be monitoring their orchards closely. Irrigation will be normal task that will continue throughout the growing season. The threat of rain at the middle of next week has inspired growers to re-evaluate the degree of disease protection they may need. Treatments will be made as required by the conditions. And while growers go about the tasks needed to support their crop, beekeepers will be removing hives from the orchards, moving on to the next crop requiring pollination.

Conditions

High Temperature: 76°F
Low Temperature: 46°F
Wind: 2 to 5 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: High overcast for much of the day.
Bee Activity: 8 Hours of very good activity, focused on the flowering weeds in an arond the orchards.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Dennis Meinberg and Ryan Christy, 3/15/13
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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%
60%
40%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
88%
7%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
2%
90%
8%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
2%
10%
83%
5%
Peerless
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
90%
10%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
90%
5%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
22%
70%
3%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
42%
53%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region