Sunday, March 29, 2015


Tree fruits continue to bloom.
The cool weather is good to slow down the tree fruit development some what.  His - 60 and low 38, with cool wet moist weather.  If above 60 degrees, there can be scab infection.

Tree fruits and berries ahead of normal development.  Be aware of frosty nights.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Haskap - honeyberries are blooming.  Fruit by early May.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The good, the potential and the ugly

 We had a nice quick trip to southern California
 to visit the grand kids, which were delightful.  While
driving we made a lot of observations:

Southern Cal was 85 during the day but got cool down to 45 at night. 
There are a lot of peach, almond, an pistachio trees starting to bloom, in bloom
 or to soon be in bloom.  (In many cases, what we are seeing in Oregon
 is very  close to California conditions across the state)

Many orchards had partial blooms going on, where some trees were
blooming nicely, and others had low bloom?  Different varieties maybe.

Bees were being put out in the orchards, but pretty sparsely.  Issue - if
California is down on bee hives;  plus the orchards are JUST coming
into bloom;  as are the Oregon orchards, there may be a shortage of bee
hives.  If you get bee hives, I would check to see if they are available yet.

This may be of concern for the state's blueberry crop.

Point - a lot of crops in Oregon and California, as of 3-12-2015 are
 coming on and blooming at the same time.  Usually we see a
difference in time.

Valley peach, plum, prune are pre to bloom.  So far, this past week
the cool weather  may have slowed down the bloom just a bit.  The
pears are starting  to show flower clusters, no white year, and apples
 are still amazingly tight bud still.  Get the pruning down ASAP
as well as any apple grafting.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Weather = 10 days

Temps ranging from 69-39 with clear nights for 3-5 days, watch
AM temps;    then a couple of days of, maybe some rain. 
IF we do get rain, and temps are above 60, need to control apple
scab.  Most apples are still in tight bud.

Prunes -blooming;  peaches -blooming; pears - swelling to pre white.

People planting peas and different cole crops.  Worst case is we
loose a packet of seeds or a few plants.

Still have March and April with potential frosty weather.


Peonies which usually start growing in Mid March and
bloom around the first of April are already forming bloom
 heads.  This indicates we are about three weeks ahead of normal.

Friday, February 27, 2015


Friday February 27

 The hope & dream for improving the west coast snow pack will have to wait.

 Earlier expectation for a possible 'winter slap' across the PNW is now removed.  It will be frosty, when the cold, NE wind settles down on both sides of the Cascades. First shot arrives later Friday, with a brisk wind from the north turning on later Saturday.  The Second shot (which we thought would have the most impact), but still enough of a glance to bring brisk conditions after a few showers Mon/Tue. FROSTY overnight everywhere the wind ceases. Temps in the upper 20s; colder to the east.

 By Monday morning, the upper-air flow will begin to shift back to the northwest, calming the east winds and warming up the region for a day, Tue. Unfortunately, it is likely to remain DRY until the weekend of Mar 7,8. Even then, it will not get super wet. Warm front from the SW will usher in some showers.

 For the week of Mar 9-13, expect a wet period, with - hopefully - lowering freezing levels and a decent shot of mountain snow.

 For all concerned about the potential winter slap next week and the impact on agriculture, the near miss will be gladly accepted. Still, we will miss the much needed snow in the mountains.


Saturday, February 7, 2015


RAIN. A strong upper-level 'steering wind' continues to drive relatively warm, moisture laden air right into the PNW. Multiple inches of rain have already fallen across a large swath of the region. Flooding has been minimal because of the breaks in the steady rainfall. The heaviest rain remain on track to arrive between Friday and Monday afternoon. Anywhere from an additional 2-4 inches possible for western valley locations and upwards of 7-8 inches of rain in coastal mountains & western slopes of the Cascades is likely.

WIND. A few more 'waves' of surface systems will brush onshore over the weekend, two of which will generate strong wind fields as they move onshore: the first late Saturday, the second late Sunday, early Monday. The Sunday storm is progged to be one of the strongest of the fall/winter season for western Oregon. Potential for a 16-20 mb pressure difference between Eureka & Astoria early Monday morning would generate a significant wind event, even for inland valley locations. PLEASE be prepared for possible power outages. Soils will be like pudding; firs may fall.

DRY. After the Sun/Mon storm spins inland, conditions will rapidly dry out, with periods of warm sunshine and possible FOG (esp Wed morning). The dry, high pressure ridge pattern is likely to hold on through Valentine's Day weekend.