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Weekly Almond Market Update: 01/19/23 to 1/25/23

Welcome to your Bountiful Weekly Almond Market Update. 

I'm working from the valley this week, Stanislaus-Fresno areas, meeting with folks. I have some availability tomorrow and Friday. If you're around let me know!

This week we're covering:

  • Chill hours 
  • Almond bloom, count down

Keep reading for this week's latest or sign in to the Bountiful platform to access your Agriculture, Market, and Community data-driven insights. 

❄️ Chill hours and temperature 

California total chill hours, 759 units, October 1, 2022-Jan 25, 2022 have exceeded almond minimum chill requirements thus far by about 2x.

Bountiful Platform Screenshot, chill houes


Chill hours, temperatures, and bloom

Chill hours help keep the tree dormant through winter. A warm winter with insufficient chill hours can result in late or uneven bloom and creates the potential for lower crop yields. 

We've had a good January, mild-to-cold temperatures, and are in a good position as it relates to chill hours.

All this to say, we can expect an earlier bloom.


🌸 Bountiful Bloom 

The countdown to 2023 almond bloom is upon us!

In preparation, I thought I'd share some previous year start dates from our free crowd-sourced bloom tracking tool, Bountiful Bloom

Bountiful Bloom Screenshot

First bloom observations: year, date, location, stage

  • 2022: February 4th, Central, 100% Pink Bud
  • 2021: February 7th, Central, 100% Green Tip

All regions in early bloom: year, date, stage 

  • 2022: February 15th, 79% Early Bloom,  21% Full Bloom
  • 2021: February 17th, 100% Early Bloom

Final bloom observations: year, date, stage 

  • 2022: March 8th, Central, 100% Petal Fall
  • 2021: March 9th, North, 100% Petal Fall + Central, 10% Full Bloom, 90% Petal Fall

Check out Bountiful Bloom to learn how bloom, chill and bee hours changed across each growing area in the state. 

About Bountiful Bloom

This is the 3rd year Bountiful will offer a crowd-sourced BloomTracking tool, Bountiful bloom. Its success depends on your help, by adding bloom observations every day. Will you help us by adding bloom observations this year? 

Spread the word about Bountiful Bloom and together we can track almond bloom across the state.

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