Mast Surveys

Acorn Production for 2004

Overall, acorn production is fair this year. Red oaks have limited production and chestnut oaks are fair with poor production in the ridge and valley region. White oak production was exceptional this year. Acorn production can be quite variable from year to year with crops ranging from several hundred pounds per acre in excellent years to almost no production in poor years. Other hard and soft mast crops such as: hickories, blackgums, crabapples, persimmons and grapes provide alternative food sources highly utilized by wildlife in north Georgia during fall and winter when mast crops are poor or fail altogether.

Physiographic
Region

White Oak
Rating

Red Oak
Rating

Chestnut Oak
Rating

Total Oak
Rating

Mountain

4.47

1.59

2.74

2.93

Ridge & Valley

3.49

1.62

0.49

2.09

Upper Piedmont

5.18

2.33

2.09

3.37

North Georgia

4.46

1.76

2.24

2.89

Rating:  Good: >3.00
              Fair:    2.01 - 3.00
              Poor:  0.00 - 2.00






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