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Southern 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 southern region present the developing nutlets of the Nonpareil and Monterey in Kern County, followed by a down-the-row shot of the Nonpareil and Avalon in the Chowchilla area of Madera County.

While clear skies reigned over the Kern County throughout the day on Thursday, cloudy skies covered much of Madera and Fresno Counties as a mass of clouds passed over the region. Morning low temperatures dropped only into the upper 40’s and lower 50’s , while daytime highs reached unseasonably warm levels, rising into the low to mid 80’s. Observers reported that the transient clouds failed to deter the bees from the daily duties, allowing for a full 9 hours of very good activity on the insignificant amount of bloom.

The bloom in the southern San Joaquin Valley has been completed. While some vigorous Butte and Padre plantings still have a small amount of bloom available for pollination, even these delayed orchards will complete their bloom over the coming weekend, given the temperatures the region is currently experiencing. Preceded by the early blooming Sonora, nutlets of the Nonpareil and California type varieties are now breaking through their protective jackets and growing in size. This process will continue over the next few weeks as the nutlets differentiate in size, with the largest retained and the smallest cast to the orchard floor.

As may be seen in the photos accompanying this report, aside from the natural “dirty“ appearance imparted by the mass of jackets covering the trees, orchards around the region are becoming increasingly green as their newly emerged leaves grow in size.  This leaf cover is required to provide the nutrients needed by the developing crop. Growers will support the growing nutlets by properly fertilizing their orchards, using materials applied through the soil, irrigation water and directly to the leaves themselves. All of this will be accomplished while growers control weed growth, irrigate and beekeepers remove their hives from the orchards.

Conditions

High Temperature: 85°F
Low Temperature: 48°F
Wind: 0 to 10 mph.
Rain: None.
Sky Conditions: High, broken overcast in northern areas. Clear over Kern County.
Bee Activity: 9 Hours of very good activity, focused on the flowering weeds in and around the orchards.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth and Gerald Guthrie, 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%
90%
10%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
94%
1%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
94%
1%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
24%
75%
0%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
10%
89%
0%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
3%
28%
69%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
6%
39%
55%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region