BLOSSOM BROCHURE by MikeJenny

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									Merced County

Blossom Tour
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            arch is the time of year that several varieties of trees are blooming. Here
            are a few tips on how to tell what you are seeing:


  Almond and apricot trees have white blossoms. Apricots are the first commercial
orchard crop to bloom and they are followed closely by almonds. They both have a
rough brown trunk and will have several large branches trained to create a large
spherical shape. Commercial apricot orchards, very common on the Westside, are rare
on the east side of the county.
  Peaches and nectarines being the same species (a nectarine is simply any variety of
peach without fuzz) bloom next and have two types of blossoms. Some have showy
pink blossoms and some varieties have inconspicuous reddish-pink flowers that are so
small that you need to walk up to them to see their colors. We call these non-showy
types. You can tell the non-showy types are blooming because the whole orchard will
have a dark reddish color. Peaches are shorter than almonds and are trained to an
open vase shape with a flat top. Some cling peach orchards are pruned to a cordon
system similar to the wine grapes in the area. This system, while expensive to
develop, allows the tree to be pruned, thinned and harvested without ladders – A
feature that both the farmer and workers like very much!
   Plum trees bloom with the peach trees, but have compact white blossoms. The
trees are shorter than peaches and have very few side branches coming off the upright
scaffolds. The older trees will have a gnarled trunk.
  Prune trees look just like plums since they are so closely related. Most of the prunes
are southeast of Merced and on the Westside of the county.
  You may spot a few Asian pears. These trees could be pruned in any fashion and
will resemble plum and peach trees. They have larger white flowers and bloom around
the same time as plums. The bark on the Asian pears is smoother than both the peach
and plum trees.
  Walnuts are much larger than the fruit trees and have white smooth bark down to
the graft union where the Persian walnut scion wood meets the dark rough California
Black Walnut rootstock. All of our fruit and nut trees along with many of the grapes
are grown on rootstock, which are resistant to soil pests and diseases such as
nematodes, drown and root rot, oak root fungus and others. This allows the farmer
to grow imported varieties without chemicals to kill these pests. Walnuts are wind-
pollinated and do not need showy flowers to attract insects. In fact, walnuts have
separate male flowers (catkins), which release the pollen and female flowers
(pistillate) to catch the pollen.
  Almond farmers try to set as many flowers as possible so they have to hire
beekeepers to place two or three hives per acre to help carry the pollen from the
pollinizer variety to the main variety and vice-versa. Since most stone fruit trees set
more fruit than they can size anyway and have to be thinned (an expensive
operation), bees are not needed for these four crops. Apple orchards, kiwi fruit, and
some prune orchards have bees brought in on occasion. Other orchard crops that you
will find in Merced County are figs, pistachios, black boysenberries, cherries, olives,
pecans, wine and raisin grapes, citrus and persimmons.
  Row crops that you many see in the region would be sweet potatoes, cucumbers,
tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, reddicho and all types of melons.
  Field crops in the region are cotton, grains, corn, alfalfa, sugar beets and some rice.
Attractions in Merced   County

        Applegate Park & Zoo
        25th and R Streets, Merced, CA 95340 • (209) 385-6840


        Buchanan Hollow Nut Company
        6510 Minturn Road, Le Grand, CA 95355 • (209) 389-4594


        Brights Pioneer Exhibit
        5246 S. Plainsburg Road, Le Grand, CA 95355 • (209) 389-4511


        Castle Air Museum
        Buhach Road and Santa Fe Dr., Atwater, CA 95301 • (209) 723-2178


        Castle Challenger Learning Center and
        Science & Technology Center
        Buhach Road and Santa Fe Dr., Atwater, CA 95301 • (209) 726-0296


        Fruit Barn
        4526 E. Highway 140, Merced, CA 95340 • (209) 383-6806


        Grassland Wetlands
        Highway 59 and Highway 140, Los Banos, CA 93635 • (209) 826-5188


        Gustine Historical Society Museum
        803 Laurel Avenue, Gustine, CA 95322 • (209) 854-3120


        Hilmar Cheese Company
        9001 Lander Ave., Hilmar, CA 95324 • (800) 577-5772


        Lake Yosemite Park
        Old Lake Road, Merced, CA 95340 • (209) 385-7426


        Merced Agricultural Museum
        4498 E. Highway 140, Merced, CA 95340 • (209) 383-1912


        Merced Courthouse Museum
        21st and N Streets, Merced, CA 95340 • (209) 723-2401


        Merced Multicultural Arts Center
        645 W. Main Street, Merced, CA 95340 •(209) 388-1090


        Milliken Museum
        905 Pacheco Blvd., Los Banos, CA 93635 • (209) 826-5505


        Red Rock Winery & Brewery
        7326 E. Highway 140, Merced, CA 95340 • (209) 722-7625


        San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area
        and Los Banos Wildlife Area
        31426 West Highway 152, Santa Nella, CA 93635 • (209) 826-1196
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Almond Blossom Tour Of North Merced County
Almond bloom is approximately February 25-28 ± one week.
The tour begins at the Hwy 99 Bradbury Road overpass south of Turlock and
just north of Delhi.
Turn right at go west on Bradbury
Turn left and go south on Link past Turlock Country Club
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Peach bloom peaks approximately March 10 ± one week.
Turn right and go west on August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Begin at the Collier Rd/Bloss Ave. overpass south of Delhi
If you would like to taste cheese and picnic at the Hilmar Cheese Company,
turn left on Lander/Hwy 156 and turn left into the parking areas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Go west on Bloss Ave.
After leaving the cheese company, turn right and go west on August Road                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Turn right and go north on Griffith
Turn left and go south on Columbus                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Turn right and go east on Bradbury over the freeway
Turn left and go east on Williams                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Turn left and go north on Vincent one block
Turn right and go south on Lander/Hwy 165                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Turn right and go east on Lombardy and cross the RR tracks
Just after you cross the Merced River, which originates in Yosemite, turn left                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Turn right and go southeast on Santa Fe through Ballico
and go east on River Road, which becomes Vine Wood (there will be Hagaman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Turn left and go east on Bradbury
Park and play grounds on the left). You will pass several varieties of
winegrapes and the largest single winery in the World – E&J Gallo (not open                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Turn right and go south on Alves
to the public).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Turn right and go west on El Capitan
About 2.5 miles east of the winery turn right and go south on Washington                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Turn left and go south on Santa Fe to the stop sign in Cressey
Turn left and go east on Westside Blvd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Turn left and go east on Meadow Drive till it ends
Turn right and go south on Lincoln                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Turn left and go north on Shaffer one block
Turn left and go east on Atwater-Jordon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Turn right and go east on Fisher
Turn right and go south on Applegate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Turn right and go south on Buhach
Turn left and go east on White Crane around a high density peach orchard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Turn right and go west on Mercedes one block
Turn left on Swan one block
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Turn left and go south on Shaffer one block
Turn right and go east on Mulberry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Turn right and go west on Eucalyptus, cross Santa Fe
Turn left and go north on Buhach over the freeway
Follow the signs north to the Castle Air Museum where they have a Café,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Turn left and go south on Central to Fruitland where the tour ends
picnic tables and restrooms. You can also visit the Challenger Learning Center                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     To the freeway:
inside the main Castle gates.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can continue to the Freeway and turn right to go north. Making a
From Castle turn right and go northwest on Santa Fe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                left turn onto the freeway can be dangerous. An alternative is to turn
Turn right and go north on Shaffer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 left on Fruitland and go east into Atwater and go south on Winton Way to
Turn left and go northwest on Oakdale across the Merced River                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Freeway.
Turn left and go west on Turlock Rd one block
Turn left and go south on Lee
Turn right and go west on Bradbury one block
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Turn right and go northwest on Santa Fe to the hamlet of Ballico                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BRADBURY RD.
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Turn right and go west on Bradbury to Hwy 99 where the tour ends
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Other things to do in North Merced County:
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• Camping and fishing at McConnell State Recreation Area on the banks of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       HILMAR                        BLOSS AVE.
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• Camping and fishing at George Hatfield State Recreation Area southwest of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WINTON
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Almond Blossom Tour For East Merced County
Almond bloom is approximately February 25-28 ± one week.
This tour starts at the corner of Hwy 140 and Tower Road – near the
Merced Agriculture Museum and the Fruit Barn.
Start by going south one block on Tower Road
Turn left and go east on Childs
Turn right and go south on Arboleda (means row of trees)                                                                                                                                    Apricot Blossom Tour Near Los Banos
Turn left and go east on Mariposa (means butterfly)                                                                                                                                         Apricot bloom is approximately March 1-10 ± one week. It usually
                                                                                                                                                                                            corresponds with the last part of almond bloom in the area. For the latest
Turn right and go south on Plainsburg                                                                                                                                                       word on bloom time around Los Banos and other local attractions please call
Just past Bright’s Nursery and Deadman Creek turn left and go east on                                                                                                                       the Chamber of Commerce at (209) 826-2495.
Buchanan Hollow                                                                                                                                                                             This tour starts at the intersection of Hwy 152 and Volta Road, slightly less
                                                                                                                                                                                            than 2.5 miles east of I-5.
Turn left and go north on Minturn - Buchanan Hollow Nut Company is
just south on Minturn                                                                                                                                                                       Go south on Volta Road one block
Turn right and go east on Le Grand and through the small town
                                                                                                                                                                                            Turn left and go east on Pioneer one block
Turn left and go northwest on Santa Fe
                                                                                                                                                                                            Turn right and go south on Canyon
Turn left and go east on Savana which turns right and then left again
                                                                                                                                                                                            Turn left and go east on Sunset
Turn right and go north on Burchell one block
Turn left and go west on Mariposa                                                                                                                                                           Turn right and go south on Creek
Turn right and go north on Plainsburg all the way to Planada - At this                                                                                                                      Turn left and go east on Almond one block
point you could turn right and go all the way to Mariposa and Yosemite
                                                                                                                                                                                            Turn right and go south on Ortigalita
Turn left and go west on Hwy 140 past the Red Rock Winery
Turn right and go north on Arboleda                                                                                                                                                         Turn left and go east on Mervel one block

Just before you cross Bear Creek turn left and go west on Bear Creek Dr.                                                                                                                    Turn left and go north on Center Ave all the way into Los Banos.
Turn left and go south on Orchard Drive                                                                                                                                                     While in the Los Banos area consider visiting one of the many wildlife
The tour ends when you reach Hwy 140                                                                                                                                                        refuges and the Grassland Environmental Education Center (209) 827-4772.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Go north on Volta Road, turn left and go northwest on Ingomar Grade. The
Other things to do in east Merced County:                                                                                                                                                   Center will be on your left before you get to Fahey Road.
• Bright’s Nursery has a large farm equipment museum and gives tours
  by appointment: (209) 389-4511
• Yosemite Lake Recreation Area (picnic facilities and play areas)                                                                                                                                                                                                         152
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  northeast of Merced adjacent to the new UC Merced site: go north on
  Arboleda, turn left and go east on Yosemite Avenue, turn right                                                                                                                                                                               PIONEER RD.
  and go north on Lake Road.
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                                     Merced County is one of
Blossom Bloom Time                   California’s top five producers of :
                                     ■   Cantaloupes
ALMONDS February 25-28 +/- 10 days
                                     ■   Sheep & Lambs
PLUMS March 1-5 +/- 10 days          ■   Tomatoes
                                     ■   Honey
PEACHES March 10 +/- 10 days
                                     ■   Almonds
APPLES March 27 +/- 10 days
                                     ■   Apricots

APRICOTS March 1-10 +/- 10 days      ■   Figs
                                     ■   Peaches
                                     ■   Cotton
                                     ■   Hay & Alfalfa
                                     ■   Sugar Beets
                                     ■   Eggs & Chickens for Meat
                                     ■   Hogs & Pigs
                                     ■   Turkeys
                                     ■   Sweet Potatoes
                                     ■   Milk & Cream
                                     ■   Oats
                                     ■   Cattle & Calves
                                     Merced County is ranked sixth over all for total Ag
                                     output in the nation.
                                     Merced County is also a major center of agricultural
                                     processing and food/wine manufacturing.
Thank You
                                     Sources:
Maxwell Norton - Farm Advisor,       California Agricultural Resource Directory 2000, www.cdfa.ca.gov
Deciduous Fruits & Vines             1997 US Census of Agriculture, www.usda.gov/nass

University of California
Cooperative Extension
Merced County
Your knowledge and the time
you have invested in this                                        Merced Conference
brochure is much appreciated.                                    & Visitors Bureau
                                                                 710 W. 16th Street
                                                                 Merced, California 95340

Photos Courtesy of:                      GATEWAY TO              For more information
                                         Y O S E M I T E
                                                                 regarding Merced County
• Robert Dayton                                                  please call (800) 446-5353
• Maxwell Norton                                                 or (209) 384-2791
                                                                 mercedvb@yosemite-gateway.org

								
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