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white oak damage

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 9:38am 0 Comments

Our horticulture educator at CCE-Broome just confirmed jumping oak gall as the culprit for a sample of damaged white oak leaves that were submitted for diagnosis.  If you have white oak in your woodlot now is good time to look for this interesting insect.  Fortunately the leaf damage does no lasting harm to the tree.  Here's a link from Michigan State University that discusses this and other interesting oak galls …

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Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management Aug 8. 0 Replies

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Ash blonding effect on lumber quality

Started by Jeff Joseph in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Jeff Joseph May 5. 2 Replies

Question: In Peter Smallidge's most recent "Ask a Professional" column for NYFOA's Forest Owner magazine he stated that some log buyers will reject ash that shows outward signs of "blonding" on the bark. Is this because the wood will change…Continue

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Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management May 2. 0 Replies

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Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management Apr 20. 0 Replies

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Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management Apr 11. 0 Replies

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Started by Brett Chedzoy in Woodlot Management. Last reply by Diane Frances Mar 23. 3 Replies

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Started by James Gray in Woodlot Management. Last reply by James Gray Jan 19. 2 Replies

Hello everyone, looking for feedback on plan to build a slash wall with a skid steer and fork attachment.The timber harvest is at a nature center, clearcutting a red pine plantation (1 ac) and aspen stand (1 ac) and group selection on a oak stand…Continue

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