Yellow needles, need I fear?

Pine tree with yellow needles
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Q:

We have a young pine tree that has yellow splotches on its needles. I am enclosing a photo of the tree. I read the article about the Douglas Fir Needle Midge and I fear that may be the problem. I would like your thoughts.

- Deschutes County, OR
A:

The needles turning brown is normal for pine trees this time a year. Each year pine trees lose their older, inner needles along the branch. So you don't have to do anything.  

Stephen Fitzgerald
Extension Silviculture and Fire Specialist
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