Pine tree disease

Asked June 1, 2016, 6:09 PM EDT

Our pine tree has holes all around the trunk of the tree for about 5 feet. These holes are right next to each other and all around the tree. The trunk of the tree in this area looks like a corn cob.

Crow Wing County Minnesota sapsucker damage

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This sounds very much like sapsucker damage. Not a disease but animal activity:
https://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/howtos/ht_sap/sap.htm

I would be concerned about pine borer activity. The birds are hunting for grubs in the wood of the tree. Do you see any signs of ailing health in the needles, the crown, the branches?

http://dnr.state.mn.us/treecare/forest_health/barkbeetles/index.html
http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/2007/04/forest-health-insects/

Yes, that is what it looks like, I have seen that bird in our yard! What do you suggest. The tree looks very healthy otherwise.It is candleing and the needles look green. The tree is about 20 feet tall and a beautiful tree. Is this tree lost to us, or is there something we can do

Well, if you don't see any signs of failure in the tree you could simply apply the barriers like the website suggested. You could also contact a certified arborist who would come out and really inspect this tree for borer infestation. If this is the problem the tree will ultimately begin to show problems. If there is any infestation using the proper insecticide is crucial, and they could recommend which one:
http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/2009/01/finding-tree-care-help-certified-arborists-and-mn-tree-c...