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LITTLE FALLS -- Area oak trees have been producing an abnormally large crop of acorns this season.

With the dry summer weather some would think there would be a correlation between the two, but that's not the case.

John Korzeniowski works with the Little Falls DNR Forestry Office and says the large crop of acorns we see is a natural cycle done by the trees.

"Bur Oaks typically have a decent crop every other year, and maybe more of a bumper crop over 4 to 6 years."

Each tree within the oak family produces a large crop of acorns at some point every few years. Bur oaks, which grow in the St. Cloud area, typically produce a bumper crop every two years.

"Red Oak trees produces a different acorn crop on a different cycle then the white or bur oaks will do."

This process is done to help control the population of predators that feed on the acorns.

"If the trees produced a steady crop of acorns every year, it allows the predators to have a stable population as well."

Korzeniowski expects to see a minimal crop of acorns next season.

 

Area oak trees producing a large crop of acorns this season. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)