La Nina Can Affect Success of North Florida Pine Planting
Courtesy Extension Agent - Forestry
Issue/Alert Affecting Crop: Many climatologist and meteorologist have predicted the onset of a La Niña weather pattern. If accurate, this weather cycle is an indicator for drier winter weather in north Florida.
The decision to plant slash or loblolly pines will hinge on planting site and rain chances in the next two months. Photo Credits: Les Harrison
If you plan to plant pine trees, and this weather forecast proves true, there are several factors to considerate. It may not be a good year to plant high dry sites and a better year to plant wet areas. Assess your timberland and base your planting decision on the best information available.
Loblolly and slash pines generally are planted in January and February. Because of this practice, chances of having good survival rates maybe decreased with an unusually dry late winter and early spring.