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March 3, 2023 Bloom Update ๐ŸŒธ

Almond Bloom in Stanislaus County

I started Bountiful's weekly almond update this Wednesday talking about the weather and naturally, I'll be starting today's bloom update with... you guessed it, the weather. 

Weather has been, dare I say, wild over the last week, especially as we closed February. Growing regions continued to see high-wind and rain, with the sun finally peaking out late this week, as temperatures in almond growing regions across slightly increase the first few days of March. 

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Almond bloom stage development is reported to be at full bloom in all growing regions and early petal fall has been reported in regions in the Central and South. Late-blooming almond varieties are reported to be moving from early to full bloom stages. 

A couple of growers also gave interviews from the field to local central valley news stations in the Central and South growing regions. You can watch those here and here

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2023 cumulative bee flight hours are 77-103 hours less this year when compared to 2022 bee flight hours, and cumulative chill portions for 2023 continue to be up over 2022, by 16-19 chill portions.

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๐Ÿ How does Bountiful measure bee flight hours? 
We start measuring bee flight hours in all almond growing regions at the beginning of almond bloom and track them all the way through bloom completion. Below are the weather data indicators we use to measure bee flight hours:
  • No rain
  • Wind less than 10 mph
  • Warmer than 59 degrees F
You can stay on top of changing bee flight hours and chill at and while you're there submit a bloom observation. 

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