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Nut trees overproducing this year


klmama
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We had a wet spring and summer, and our nut trees are showing it.  I've never seen this many nuts, and they are larger than usual, too.  They are hitting the roof and ground in bursts - not one at a time, but like someone threw a couple of handfuls hard down out of the tree all at once.  It's not safe to be under the trees!  Usually, we don't have whole nuts left sitting in the yard - the squirrels nab them immediately.  This year, the grass is thick with them, and the squirrels aren't keeping up.  Is anyone else experiencing this?   

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Yes, our oak, walnut. hickory and butternut trees are going crazy this year.

 

We've been raking up acorns for weeks in our horse paddock (the horses love to eat them, but it can make them sick). I've never seen such an abundance of acorns in my life, and the squirrels and wild turkeys aren't cleaning them up as efficiently as they usually do.

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Does this foretell what to expect this winter?

That's debatable but it DOES foretell a big tick year next year and the following. The mice, turkeys, deer, chipmunks, etc that eat the nuts will have bumper crops of their own, all happily gorged upon by extra healthy if Lyme (etc) riddled ticks. Good times.

 

We've had huge winters after big acorn years here, but last winter was kind of a bust despite the ridiculous amount of acorns. Who knows. It's fun to speculate! :)

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