Mild Winter and the effect on the 2012 acorn crop.

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  1. ggodwin

    ggodwin 10 pointer

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    Does anybody have any idea what the effects that this mild winter will have on the 2012 acorn crop?

    I know that to grown new oaks there is a strange procedure of freezing acorns in order to grown trees. So I'm wondering if there will be an effect.

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  2. DRS

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    This years Winter weather has been very strange, the mildest I've seen in years. If we don't return to colder weather and it warms-up during the remainder of the Winter Season; there is a good chance late freezing weather in late April or early May will "ZAP" the acorn production. Also, if we have normal temps. and it rains when the Oaks & Hickory bloom, the rain can have a negative effect on acorn or Hickory nut pollination, thus little if any mast crops.
     
  3. tyshe17

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    I don't think the winter will have much effect. Right now if you want something to worry about worry about a late freeze or late draught. Seems we get one or the other each year. I am hoping for a white oak year like 2 years ago personally.
     
  4. Iceman35

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    2 years ago their were so many acorns on one oak ridge, it was like walking on marbles. Deer were coming in from 15 different directions. This year, there were ZERO acorns, and thus ZERO deer.
     
  5. bgkyarcher

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    Really? The trees were full of acorns where i hunted. All four locations had acorns galore. Red oaks were more abundant but plenty of white oak acorns
     
  6. Buck_Nasty

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    Oaks don't produce acorns all at the same time. One stand of oaks may be loaded one year while another stand won't have any. My back yard was like a battle field when I mowed two years ago from all the acorns piled up. However, I found a large acorn flat in a hunting area that didn't have any.
     
  7. CSS archer

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    A wet spring (mid-late April)does more harm to acorn production than freezing temps. It takes a year to notifce it with reds, whites will show it that year. We had a pretty wet spring in 2011, few whites in the fall, reds will be sparse in those areas in 2012, IMO...
     
  8. Iceman35

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    Really. Neither the Reds nor then Whites had hazrdly any. I'm talking big, mature 80 year old trees. On the other side of the property, their are less oaks, but they had an average crop.
     
  9. tyshe17

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    Yup there were lots of acorns that year but with the burnt out fields and tons of whites the feeding sign was plentiful and it was easy to pick the right tree to get with in 25 yards from. I'd much rather have too many acorns than not enough...

    This year was mostly reds, with limited to zero whites in north Central Kentuky. My propery in Butler has limited mature whites but I only had reds there too. Deer were hitting the reds which tells me whites on surrounding properties were limited at best.
     
  10. Iceman35

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    My problem with that year, was it was so hot in the summer, I think the deer were used to only coming out at dark. This area is a bit of an isolated oak patch in an area of mostly open fields and crp. The fence lines of this property were also lined with oaks, and thus deer were coming in all directions from the CRP. I saw a ton of deer that year, but they weren't getting to where I was until near dark. I drew back 4 times that year and couldn't see my pins.
     

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