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  1. #1
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    Default 2017 almond season

    A pic floating around Facebook in the Almond Groves of California.
    How is the pollination season this year in California? How far along is bloom now, are the bees getting in much flight?

    Last edited by Ian; 02-11-2017 at 09:27 AM.

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    Default Re: 2017 almond season

    Hugh!
    Hydraulic entrance reducers; what will they think of next....
    I have exactly ONE less dead-out than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond dispute!

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    Default Re: 2017 almond season

    I thought looking out and seeing snow was depressing!

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    Wow. I've heard it's been wet but holly cow.

    Those trees look like they're still 3-4 weeks from bloom.

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    Default Re: 2017 almond season

    Last year Beesource was active with pollination updates, pretty quiet this year
    It's quiet up here in my Miami snow bank

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    Default Re: 2017 almond season

    Orchards around here aren't that bad, that one must've been next to a creek or irrigation canal that overflowed. Bees got some flying time in starting yesterday, heard bloom has started in some parts, I haven't looked around here much, but probably a week out.

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    Default Re: 2017 almond season

    the guys i'm working for have 3 trucks and 2 swingers going, we've been taking turns pulling each other (and semis) out. slow going mess. calling for 4 sunny days here, which is good for the mud, but i started seeing a few blooms today. i'm hoping it doesn't come on too quickly.

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    The almond trees here been blooming profusely all week already turning the trees pinkish color. Mine just
    about to bloom along with the peach trees. Some are early blooming while others are late blooming type. The
    established trees can withstand the standing water in the orchards though the newly planted baby cannot stand
    the water logged fields. The magnolia and wild mustard are blooming all over too. Afraid the almond runs this year
    will be affected because of the flooding. More rains predicted to come this coming Friday. Four days of clear sky will
    not cut it. For me, I'll be taking advantage of this opportunity to broadcast some clovers and wild mustard seeds in the
    nearby open fields.
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: 2017 almond season

    Blue Diamond is supposed to start their daily report this week:
    http://bluediamondgrowers.com/crop-progress-report/

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    Emergency warning for Oroville Dam!!https://www.wunderground.com/US/CA/016.html?MR=1

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    Wow
    Hope everyone stays safe

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    Live coverage:http://www.kcra.com/nowcast
    Lots of evacuations

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    Yes, a scary situation indeed. Here is a site I like to check in on regularly. Note the Oroville Dam at 101% capacity.
    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/res...phsMain.action
    Last edited by jim lyon; 02-13-2017 at 05:23 AM. Reason: Typo
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    They dumped enough water so it has stopped going over the emergency spillway, which is good news. But more rain is on the way later in the week.Its going to be a nerve wracking pollination season if we don't get more sun.

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    Anyone's hive stock in flood danger?

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    Not sure. They said the water is going out to the farmland and orchards. Did not specify what kind of
    orchards. I'll bet some are almonds too. Right now they dump big boulders by chopper into the
    big hole hoping to stop the erosion a bit. We're lucky this time!
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    The evacuation is still on we made it out it was a pretty crazy situation people were driving like maniacs the hwys were parking lots luckily I know the backroads I think the worst is over at least until it starts raining again on wednsday if the emergency dam were to break allot of orchards along the feather and sacramento rivers would be under water they estimated a 30ft wall of water

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    Quote Originally Posted by loggermike View Post
    They dumped enough water so it has stopped going over the emergency spillway, which is good news. But more rain is on the way later in the week.Its going to be a nerve wracking pollination season if we don't get more sun.
    Supposed to start Wednesday, rain all through next week as well.....

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    I'm sure they have to release some water through the spillway again with this coming rains.
    Right now is the best time to repair or put more boulders into the hole. If it breaks then 300,000
    people through out the regions will be affected including us here. Cannot say many bee hives are not affected as well. Let's
    hope we don't have to go through this phase.
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: 2017 almond season

    We went down yesterday to look at hives in the Chico area.
    Ready to start work:
    http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...pseimuwnhl.jpg
    http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ps8nfykgh8.jpg
    Bloom is just starting.http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...psxotvzx0d.jpg
    http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...psqzjazmir.jpg

    Wild almond tree by the freeway:http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...psdvhc8grx.jpg
    Sacramento River is running high. Didn't see any flooded orchards, but it was too wet to drive in.

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