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    Default Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    The Blue Diamond report today has a really cool aerial image that shows the bloom affected by very local topography --- check it out.
    http://www.bluediamond.com/applicati...ral1LRG294.jpg

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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    Hard to image why California doesn't have enough water.

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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    The growers are going to have trouble finding the fungicide timing in some of those groves !
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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    That looks massively monocultural. Wow.

    I guess it's clear why the almond growers don't keep their own bees - once that bloom is over they would starve.

    Something about that really doesn't seem like a good idea.
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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    The growers are going to have trouble finding the fungicide timing in some of those groves !
    The plane was swooping ours as the sun set. Rain tomorrow. Everywhere the air smells of the stuff as the last two days its been all helicopters and planes!!!!!

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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    Quote Originally Posted by Honey-4-All View Post
    The plane was swooping ours as the sun set. Rain tomorrow. Everywhere the air smells of the stuff as the last two days its been all helicopters and planes!!!!!
    Well, at least your in for some rain!
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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    Honey for all, in our area, when growing Chick Peas, wet weather will increase the need for fungicides. How does wet weather affect the need for fungicides on Almonds?
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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    being dry there should actually reduce the need to spray, according to our farm rules anyway
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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    Wow what an amazing pic. Fascinating.

    Seems the bees don't have to focus on all the trees all at the same time there may be a few days? variance.

    By the difference running along some fence lines looks like as well as topography there may be some irrigation differences or maybe variety differences?

    Would also be interesting to analyse nut set or production in the different locations although probably impossible.
    Last edited by Oldtimer; 02-28-2014 at 01:38 AM.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    What do the growers do in relation to placement of hives near the boundary with the neighbor? Do they ask you to stay away from the boundary by some margin?
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    That is quite a picture!! Are the dark portions of the pic "Low lands" or "High Lands" - I guess I can assume they are not wet spots.

    Either way - thanks for the pic - it is an education in itself.
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    Default Re: Aerial Image of Bloom. Shows local variation with microtopography

    Cool photo!

    hpm - The darker areas are the lower areas

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