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?about acorns

Postby JOEL » Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:20 pm

I should know this but.... any connection with a wet/dry spring for acorn crops? My guess is it would take an big sway either way to make a difference.
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RE: ?about acorns

Postby JOEL » Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:03 pm

anybody?
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RE: ?about acorns

Postby gunther89 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:14 pm

JOEL don't know if this helps you or not but last spring here in Wisconsin we had alot of snow melt off and we had water standing in alot of places and then in June we were slammed with heavy rains and flooding.  It made national news with the flooding and the acorn crop was poor by us.  There were some but not as many as years past.  Hope this helps a little bit.
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RE: ?about acorns

Postby JOEL » Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:11 pm

thanks for a reply someone asked me this question and im not sure what to say so all opinions are valid
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RE: ?about acorns

Postby msbadger » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:21 am

I typed.." how weather effects acorn production " on Google a slew of studies have been done that you can sort through.........

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Postby JOEL » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:38 pm

wheres the fun in that?thanks though[:)]
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Postby OHhunter » Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:31 am

I think alot of it depends on what type of oaks your dealing with, white oaks are  more vulnerable to poor weather conditions affecting acorn production.  Red oaks/black oaks are more hardy and less affected, but less desirable by wildlife. 
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RE: ?about acorns

Postby Andy Aubuchon » Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:59 pm

Where i live in the middle of Missouri i think the spring rain fall has alot to do with the white oaks a few years back we we had a really dry spring and there was hardly any acorns

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RE: ?about acorns

Postby shaman » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:54 am

If memory serves me correctly, there are four things that moderate acorn production.

Nutrients-- nuff said.  However, don't expect a bumper crop from spreading a little fertilizer around the base of the tree.  It takes a lot of work and a lot of fertilizer to affect a grove of oak trees.

Temperature-- Some years, we get cold temperatures as the oak trees begin tasseling.  If those flowers get frozen off, the acorn production will be down. Here in the Greater Ohio Valley, this is a big factor.

Rain -- Spring rain levels can affect acorn production, but so can summer levels.

Periodicity -- White oak fruit every year,  the red oaks produce acorns every other year.  In the latter case, the acorns are started in year 1, but stay on the branch in nascent form  and mature in year 2.

There are a lot of other factors as well.  Take insects. Normally the are not a huge factor in the big scheme of things, but last year we got a visit from the cicadas. The cicadas lay eggs in the tender young branches and they then die and fall off.  That's also where the acorns form.  Last year was a bust for acorns.  However, the cicadas prune the trees and this causes a lot of growth in the succeeding few years.  If we get good rain and warm temperature like we've been having, I'm expecting a bumper crop of acorns.

One weird thing that studies have shown:  oak trees seem to have a built in variability to their acorn production such that it keeps the squirrels in check.  There is a natural 10 year cycle in acorn production.  Towards the end of the cycle, the oaks produce a lot of acorns. This causes the squirrel population to rise dramatically.  Then all of a sudden, the oaks will go blank on acorns  for a season or two and the squirrel population plummets.  The next year, the oaks produce bumper crops of acorns and there are more than average numbers of acorns surviving and sprouting.
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