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Maximizing Acorn Production with Dr. Craig Harper

Maximizing Acorn Production with Dr. Craig Harper

Land & Legacy  / 

Posted on September 02, 2019

Show Notes

A long overdue guest finally joined us on this week's podcast. Dr. Craig Harper of the University of Tennessee Extension discussed his recent research devoted to understanding acorn production. We encourage you to grab pen and paper, an aerial of the property you hunt, and turn on your "listening ears". We hope this week will further open your eyes to proper timber management techniques.

Dr. Harper's research was recently shared in the latest version of Quality Whitetails. This article reviewed the 10-year study conducted on acorn production and common techniques used to increase acorn production. The study found not all oaks are created equal. Genetics of the tree are strong influencers for the productivity of the mast the tree will annually produce. They found that 40% of the trees will on average produce 70% of the overall acorn production. For years, folks have been trying to improve the quantity of the mast produced by fertilizing under the canopy of trees. This research crushed that myth and proved it ineffective. In addition, the proved that releasing the crown of the most productive trees in the woods drastically increased overall mast production.

This podcast was a great balance of the importance of research and the application of solid information to improve habitat and natural resources. We hope you will be drawn to solid science in the future as a guide to your land management strategies. Be sure to manage your timber for improved acorn production and enhanced wildlife habitat. Enjoy.Learn.Share! #ForLoveoftheLand

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