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Diplodia Tip Blight on Pines

The last couple of weeks I have received a number of calls about pine trees having dead branches and/or an unusual amount of brown needles. Almost all of these calls were about Austrian pines (Pinus nigra). First, it is important to note that pines go through a healthy, normal process called natural needle drop. You will see this happen every year.
Still further, several pines like the Austrian, though adapted to Kansas conditions, can still suffer from environmental stresses. An example would be like the cold, dry winter we just had. Though the tree may be reacting to this ...


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