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Name:  Scott
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Age:  40s
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Question:
I've recently been asked a question as to this person's english walnut tree. The nuts have been prematurely falling from his tree and he doesn't know what's causing it?

Could you help me with some ideas?



Replies:
One possibility is that squirrels are just picking off the green nuts without eating them. Those little bushy-tailed rodents can be pretty destructive and wasteful that way.

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Director
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois


Sometimes insects can cause premature fruit drop:

http://www.agweb.okstate.edu/pearl/insects/crop/f7190.htm

Your local agricultural extension service should be able to help also.

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.


The tree could be sick. Check the local phonebook for a tree specialist in the area to take a look at the tree and any recent changes in the environment. If it's a virus, there's not much you can do, but a fungus or bug infestation is often treatable.

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Christine Ticknor
Ph.D. Student
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut


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