Citrus Petal Fall Almost Complete in the Valley

Over the past two weeks, Kern, Tulare, and Fresno County Agricultural Commissioners have begun announcing citrus petal fall for various bloom districts. Petal fall is established when 75 percent of the petals on the north side of citrus trees within a district have fallen. Currently, only District 3 in Tulare County and District 4 in Fresno County have yet to announce petal fall dates. We will continue to monitor announcements from the respective Ag Commissioner’s offices and keep the membership apprised of when the remaining districts are called.

As of now, the dates below have been established for petal fall in each county:

 

Tulare County

District 1 Petal Fall  – 1:00 a.m. Sunday, April 21st, 2024

District 2 Petal Fall  –1:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27th, 2024

District 3 Petal Fall  – TBD

 

Kern County

South of 7th Standard Road – 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2024

North of 7th Standard Road – 12:01 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2024

 

Fresno County

District 1 and 2 – 1:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2024

District 3 – 1:00 a.m. Sunday, April 28, 2024

District 4 – TBD

 

As a reminder, beekeepers have 48 hours after the official petal fall date to remove hives from groves. If you wish to apply a pesticide toxic to bees before 48 hours after the official petal fall date, you must notify any beekeepers with hives within 1 mile of the application site. Additionally, the declaration of petal fall DOES NOT supersede product labeling. All applicators are reminded that they must always read and follow the pesticide product labeling regarding toxicity to bees.

If you wish to familiarize yourself with bloom districts, you may use our interactive GIS map. This map allows you to search specific locations to see what bloom district your citrus is located in. Tulare County growers and applicators, please note that a third bloom district was established this year, and your district may have changed.

For more information regarding citrus/bee regulations, we encourage you to contact your County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.

Tulare County – (559) 684-3352

Kern County – (661) 868-6300

Fresno County – (559) 600-7300

 

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