Mitchell County Ag News

Small Southern Pine Engraver

I recently responded to a call about dead pines trees on the edge of an individual’s property. There were four to five dead or dying trees. The trees were slowly dying and it became more pronounced as you moved to the center tree. This is what I found upon further investigation… An Ips beetle, more specifically the small southern pine engraver.

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Southern Pine Cone Rust

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I recently visited a gentlemen’s house to look at his pine trees. He called earlier and complained of yellow/orange dust coming from his pine cones. I immediately was skeptical thinking this was just left over pollen from earlier this spring…
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