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KS Christmas Tree Growers Weather the Drought

Christmas tree Flickr photo by wolfsavard(Flickr Photo via wolfsavard)The drought this year won’t mean fewer Kansas-grown Christmas trees for sale. That’s according to Eldon Clawson, president of the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association. He says the industry may feel effects in several years, when small trees injured by the heat would have been ready for harvest. He says the larger trees harvested for sale this year were able to manage the hot, dry weather.

 Clawson says the drought significantly hurt Christmas tree growers in other parts of the country. He says the varieties of trees grown in Kansas are better able to handle drought conditions. The Thanksgiving holiday marks the kickoff of sales for many Christmas tree farms.

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There will still by many Kansas-grown Christmas trees for sale this year, despite the drought conditions in the state. That’s according to Eldon Clawson, president of the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association. He says the trees that sellers harvested for sale this year were able to handle the hot, dry weather. He says if the drought hurts tree supplies, it won’t be felt for several years.

Clawson says replanting next year can probably replace any small trees that were damaged. But the drought did hurt Christmas tree growers in other parts of the country. He says the varieties of trees grown in Kansas are better able to handle drought conditions. The Thanksgiving holiday marks the start of the season for many Christmas tree sellers.

 

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