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Drought Causes Challenges for Christmas Tree Farmers

Christmas tree Flickr Photo by Johnathan Lobel(Flickr Photo by Johnathan Lobel)The Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of Christmas tree sales in many places. And here in Kansas, a lot of the trees sold were grown in the state. But Christmas tree farmers have faced challenges in recent years because of drought conditions in some parts of the state. Eldon Clawson is president of the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association. He says some growers have had to take steps like adding drip irrigation to keep trees healthy.

He says any negative effects from the drought won’t be apparent on Kansas Christmas tree lots for several years.

Clawson was at the governor’s residence last week to present the first family with Kansas-grown Christmas trees for Cedar Crest and the governor’s office in the Statehouse.

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