For the past two years, we have been losing trees on our farm at an unprecedented rate. Most recently, we've had 3 large pine trees snap in half. It's true that this happened during storms, but the wind really wasn't all that fierce.
We also have sapsuckers, but I've never heard of them cracking trees in half.
I recently made an effort to examine some of our trees, but I was only able to determine that I am way too old to be climbing pines! I saw lots of sapsucker remnants, but no beetles, moths or other intrusive varmints, though I'm not sure what signs and symptoms are associated with them.
The damage looks like sapsucker holes to me. What do you think?