What Deer Eat: Understand the Hard Mast Puzzle August 31, 2012 Mississippp

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What Deer Eat: Understand the Hard Mast Puzzle August 31, 2012 Mississipppi, Outdoor Life Magazine (blog)
... why can’t we predict America’s acorn crop ... Grant Woods, a biologist and land-management consultant ... "There are simply too many variables to predict production out further than that.” ... Late and early frosts can kill the flowers that mature into acorns. Abnormally cold weather can kill overwintering acorns. Dry summers can atrophy flowers, especially on white oaks. Wind and hail can destroy acorns any time ... Insects can damage up to 80 percent of the acorn crop some years. 


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