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Butte County orchard ready for almond bloom

It's perfect weather for almond bloom but the one thing the bloom is missing is their bees.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 6:23 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Is this winter season leaving you freezing? Luckily for almond blooming, Mother Nature is working in its favor.

It's perfect weather for almond bloom but the one thing the bloom is missing is their bees.

With the warm weather coming, Butte County Agriculture Commissioner Louie Mendoza says that the bees will help the almond bloom pick up.

“Ideally for pollination you want temperatures warmer than what bees normally function better when it is 55 degrees or higher, so this will be a challenge for our growers to see how pollination season goes, one thing almond growers are aware of is you deal with what Mother Nature gives you,” said Mendoza.

Dax Kimmelshue, owner of Kimmelshue Orchards, tells Action News now that the irrigation system is the key component to almond blooming because they help warm the air during potential frost.

Kimmelshue tells Action News Now the normal bloom time starts mid-February.

Kimmelshue said what happens without the irrigation system or if it gets too cold is the almonds freeze and expand and eventually turn black and never mature.

According to Mendoza and Kimmelshue it looks to be a good start of almond bloom.

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