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Old September 5, 2011, 07:14 PM   #1
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Who would have thought it............

While our drought has been mitigated some it's not that long ago that it seemed the whole state of Florida was buring......just like the poor folks in Texas are experencing now.

It has been so dry that here in the NE part of the state the mosquitos are hardly evedent in the woods.

With that being the case it struck me as a odd, but good, thing that up on the sand ridge area of our lease the sand oaks are hard at it. Took a picture of this little one because he makes the point. I'll bet he was not 3 feet tall.....and look at the acorns. Lots more like him.

Just would not have figured it with the dry spring/summer we've had.

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Old September 6, 2011, 07:36 AM   #2
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I doubt if we'll get many acorns this year down south. Last year was such a bumper crop that it didn't do us any good to keep corn in the feeders. The deer and hogs had enough acorns that all the corn did was feed coons. Since acorns tend to run in cycles, I'm thinking this will be a poor production year. Good to see that your lease will have plenty.
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Old September 6, 2011, 09:49 AM   #3
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Yes, that is right. Most oak trees have a major crop only every 3 years. Wet and dry years only seems to affect the size of the acorns. Up here a late frost in the spring will kill the flowers and that ruined our acorn crop from time to time.
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Old September 6, 2011, 10:47 AM   #4
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Here in Texas, at least where I live, we have had no mosquitoes this year, and alot of other insects are AWOL. I had a garden that nothing polinated in.
I hear that alot of the irrigated cotton didn't polinate.

I see dunes forming in the area especially in the burned areas. It's pretty scary, I can only imagine what the dust-bowl was like.

I have also seen reports of entire prairie dog colonies dying off.

no fire ants this year either, and who knows what else...
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Old September 6, 2011, 08:38 PM   #5
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The fire ants are just hiding deep. My yard exploded with mounds as soon as we got some rain.
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Old September 7, 2011, 12:24 AM   #6
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When civilizations drain aquifers (or cut off their natural water supplies), the land above them dries out.

Combine that issue with a lack of rain, and you get some pretty nasty droughts...
(The Dust Bowl had multiple causes -- most issues were induced by humans.)
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