RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – It’s started! That stubborn pollen film that sweeps our lives in spring rears its head in our communities.
“It’s probably about a week early this year compared to what we’ve seen over the last few years, but it’s definitely within the normal range where we’re starting to see pine pollen production,” Dr. Robert Bardon of NC State University explained.
He says pollen is fairly punctual this year despite our warm end to winter, and his estimates say the peak will likely be in early to mid-April.
So while you may want to have your allergy meds on hand, don’t blame the yellow pine pollen for your sneezing and sneezing.
“Most of our allergies from a tree pollen standpoint are our hardwood trees and it’s a much smaller corn pollen that’s rough and it’s an irritant,” says Dr. Bardon. “Where our pine pollen is much larger, smoother and mostly co-occurring.”
We complain about it and suffer from our allergies, but without pollen the world as we know it would not exist.
“That’s how they reproduce, most of our plants reproduce through pollen, and with that we wouldn’t have food or plant industry products,” explains Dr. Bardon.
No food is obviously a bad thing, but no pollen would affect things like office supplies, even our homes, all of which come from a huge industry here in North Carolina.
“Without them, we would impact a forest products industry that has nearly $35 billion economic impact in our state.”
We’ll probably always complain about the pollens here in North Carolina, but our lives would be very different without them.
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