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Southern California - March 5, 2014

This report covers conditions and observations made on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Today’s photos for the southern region present a down-the-row shot of the Nonpareil and Aldrich and the waning bloom of the Butte in the Madera area of Madera County, followed by the developing nutlets of the Carmel  in central Kern County. 

Overcast to mostly cloudy skies in the early morning hours transitioned to partly cloudy conditions during the day, providing good support for the pollination of the small amount of viable bloom remaining in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Scattered showers prior to sunrise dropped from trace amount to as much as a tenth of an inch of rain in isolated areas along the west side of the region and in the Madera County area. Morning low temperatures were reported in the lower 50’s while daytime highs reached the 70 degree mark in the warmest locations.

Observers reported that the bees aggressively worked the small amount of bloom remaining in the region, putting in from 7 to 8 hours of good activity.

The bloom in the southern region continues to decline, with Butte variety now dropping below the 10% threshold, officially completing its bloom. Continuing the wide variability discussed in earlier reports, while there are individual Butte and Padre plantings with more than 10% of their flowers still available to the bees, on the average across the region, the Butte has completed its bloom while the Padre remains in a steady decline.

As shown the photos accompanying this report, orchards across the region have taken on the characteristic shaggy appearance of the petal fall stage, with more advanced orchards also becoming increasingly green as their leaves grow in size.

Spray rigs and aircraft could be seen working in the region, sent in by those who did not complete or elected to delay treatment for fungal diseases prior to the recent rains. Protection against disease only last for a short time, normally approximately two weeks, depending on the material used and the weather conditions. Increased disease pressure created by environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity can require follow-up treatments to prevent infections.

Conditions

High Temperature: 70°F
Low Temperature: 51°F
Wind: 0 to 5 mph.
Rain: None to 0.1 inch, falling prior to sunrise in Madera County and along west side.
Sky Conditions: Overcast in morning, decreasing to partly cloudy in afternoon.
Bee Activity: 7 to 8 Hours of good activity on small amount of bloom remaining.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Ernie Reichmuth and Matt Willson, 3/5/14
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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%
73%
27%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
84%
11%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
10%
80%
10%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
13%
81%
6%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
11%
82%
6%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
9%
31%
60%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
15%
49%
36%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region