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Drought Impacted Christmas Tree Growers

Dec 3, 2012

Credit Phil Weiss

This year's drought has taken a toll on a crop that gets more attention this time of year: Christmas trees.  But one expert says it has not affected sales.

"There is no shortage of trees, there's plenty to be had and the price hasn't gone up. What has gone up is basically based on inflation- nothing more. At least that's been my experience with people I've talked to in the industry," said David Daniken of the Illinois Christmas Tree Association.

Daniken works on a tree farm in Pocahontas, which is 40 miles east of St. Louis.

Sometimes as a farmer, you basically just have to eat a loss sometimes...

While shoppers might not notice it this year, the drought took out some younger trees.  Daniken said he lost thousands of trees recently planted.

"Sometimes as a farmer, you basically just have to eat a loss sometimes, that's just the way it goes."

Growers across the Midwest have been affected, but more severe losses in trees won't likely be noticeable for a few more years.

Thanks to Illinois Public Radio