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Central California - March 6, 2014

This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

This is the final daily report of the 2014 bloom season. The next scheduled report will be posted on Monday, March 17, 2014. In the event of any significant occurrences prior to that date, this site will be updated as soon as possible.

Taken in the Ripon area of San Joaquin County, this report’s photos for the central region show the developing nutlets of the Nonpareil and Monterey and a look at the hives in a Butte and Padre planting.

Skies over the northern San Joaquin Valley remained variably cloudy throughout the day, with cloud cover intensifying at day’s end as a Pacific storm system approached the state. Morning low temperatures dipped into the upper 40’s and lower 50’s, while daytime highs peaked in the upper 60’s to lower 70’s. Isolated showers roamed through the region after sunset, dropping as much as 0.15 inch in the San Joaquin and northern Stanislaus County areas.

Observers reported that the bees roamed in and out of the orchards in search of flowers to forage upon, putting in 7 to 8 hours of very good activity on the few flowers available in the orchards, the weeds in and around the orchards and in the neighboring fruit tree orchards that have begun to bloom.

Now that the Padre has dropped below the 10% threshold, the 2014 bloom in the northern San Joaquin Valley is now officially complete. While a few younger, more vigorous Butte and Padre plantings can be found presenting in excess of 10% of their flowers for pollination, the late blooming types have been shedding petals very aggressively over the past few days and have, on average, completed their bloom.

As can be seen in the accompanying photos, nutlets can be observed in the early and mid-blooming varieties growing within and beginning to break free of their protective jacket. Leaves are also growing as the nuts grow, turning the orchards green while producing the nutrients needed to support the growing crop. With the completion of the bloom, the maximum potential crop size has been set. From this point on, weather conditions will determine the proportion of the crop that is retained to harvest and how much will be sequestered and shed from trees. Clear, sunny skies and warm temperatures will provide the resources needed for the growing leaves to do their job. Should skies be darkened by clouds and temperatures remain below average, the trees will not be able to produce the nutrients needed and additional nutlets will be shed.  Obviously, should morning temperatures drop low enough, a frost event can immediately reduce the crop by killing the nuts within a matter of minutes. Growers will be monitoring weather forecasts closely and preparing the orchards for the possibility of cold conditions.

Beekeepers have begun the process of gathering their hives in the more advanced plantings and several have commented that the hives are quite heavy with pollen and nectar gathered over the past few weeks.

Conditions

High Temperature: 72°F
Low Temperature: 48°F
Wind: 5 to 10 mph.
Rain: None to 0.15 inch, falling in San Joaquin and Northern Stanislaus after 10 pm.
Sky Conditions: Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy.
Bee Activity: 7 to 8 Hours of good activity.
Current weather at the National Weather Service
    


Photos: Mel Machado, 3/6/14
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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%
76%
24%
Nonpareil
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
2%
88%
10%
California
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
94%
5%
Carmel
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
3%
96%
1%
Monterey
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
98%
1%
Butte
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%
13%
82%
0%
Padre
0%
0%
0%
0%
6%
13%
81%
0%
Data reflects a composite of the growing region