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Small Acorns for 2 Years

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From: kathy henson
wheatfield, IN
is there any connection between small acorns and a mild winter? In 2015 we had a mild winter and it was the first year in appx. 10years that our trees did not produce large acorns.

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Kathy:

I personally don't buy into the folklore that "large" acorns = cold winter and "small" across = mild winter.

I believe the number and size of acorns is simply a function of genetics, weather-related phenomena, last year's masting, vigor, age, carbohydrate reserves, nutrition, and mineral uptake.

Best, Jay

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