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    Default Almond bloom

    Went to pick up decoys today and noticed one variety of almonds was bloomed out. Bees were on em! I was out there Sunday and there were no flowers yet. Near Chico Ca.

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    Get ready for the Big explosion. The almond blossoms are ready to explode

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    Is this earlier than normal?
    Zone 6b 1400'

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    No. The early almonds always blossom in early Feb. and then the rest comes in the middle to end of Feb. With the weather being in the 70's it starts to bring out the fruit trees too. But then it will go back to maybe some frost and rain off and on until April.

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    Default Re: Almond bloom

    Some of it is varietal as well, the feral ones bloom earlier as well, but the nuts are bitter.

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    Move em in...Move em out. Would not suprise me if bees will be released in 7 to 10 days up north. All our Buttes are at 99% as of today. Its going to be snowing (petal fall) in a day or two.

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    Default Re: Almond bloom

    We got the green light to pull bees out early next week. Time for some prunes!

    A little report of what we saw the last few days(Glenn and Tehema Counties):
    -Acorn frames being drawn out
    -Very good nectar shake
    -Lots of brood and mites

    But as soon as petals fall the pump will be fired!

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    Default Re: Almond bloom

    What have we heard in the central valley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazelle View Post
    Went to pick up decoys today
    "decoys"?
    Mark Berninghausen

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    Default Re: Almond bloom

    On monday evening (15th) bees were still being placed in the merced, chowchilla, and madera area if that's what you mean by "Central." I'd say on average those locations are a week behind the north. Young trees 8-10 days.

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    "Decoys?"

    The 2 most common things grown in CA's valley are almonds and rice. Rice attracts waterfowl, which attracts hunters, who use decoys, to attract waterfowl.

    Bees are loving the weather - looking forward to getting them home.

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    Default Re: Almond bloom

    Yep

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    Quote Originally Posted by 707tothe907 View Post
    "Decoys?"

    The 2 most common things grown in CA's valley are almonds and rice. Rice attracts waterfowl, which attracts hunters, who use decoys, to attract waterfowl.

    Bees are loving the weather - looking forward to getting them home.
    Actually not true...... Statistics say its Milk and then almonds. Lots of rice out there but nothing close to the milk and nuts...

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    I see, duck decoys, not decoy beehives.
    Mark Berninghausen

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    Looks like the flash bloom of 2016, bud to bloom in 4 days, have never seen it come on so fast!! From Fresno to Bakersfield today 2-17-16 most field in full bloom! Get the trucks ready to pick them up before the end of February

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    Default Re: Almond bloom

    Almond milk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSPender View Post
    Looks like the flash bloom of 2016, bud to bloom in 4 days, have never seen it come on so fast!!
    Our bees went into the orchard on Feb 9th.
    We could count a flower or two here and there.
    5 days later as Pender says, we were at 50% across all varieties.
    Pretty much all at full bloom today.
    Now 3 days of rain and wind.
    Then, a few days of sun.
    What a crazy season.
    Unbelievable!!!
    I have exactly ONE more hive than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond dispute!

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    Default Re: Almond bloom

    Are you in the southern or northern Valley Harry? My are in the northern San Joaquin, not far of Coalinga.

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    What a strange year indeed. Everything bloomed early this year.
    Planted 2 more almond trees in my backyard this season.
    The other tree is in full bloom now along with the plums. In another week there will
    be a white carpet all over along with the gentle warm Spring winds. It is strange that
    the plums bloom at the same time with the almond. Usually the almond first then the
    plums. Peaches are about done. Seeing this I did a test graft with good result so far. Should
    get some nice queens in a few days.
    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: Almond bloom

    any one in southern region with an update?

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