Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Christmas Tree Growers: Drought Not Seriously Hurting Crop

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Christmas Tree Growers: Drought Not Seriously Hurting Crop

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HARTFORD, Conn. * New England Christmas tree growers say the region's drought is having only minor effects on their crop.

The losses were confined mostly to seedlings planted in the spring, said Jim Horst, executive director of the New Hampshire- Vermont Christmas Tree Association. Unlike mature trees, those planted this year do not have established root systems, experts said.

Horst, who farms in Bennington, Vt., said he planted 6,000-7,000 trees a year and normally lost 1 or 2 percent of them, but lost 10 to 15 percent this year because of dry conditions.

"That's not catastrophic. It's not what I want to have happen, but it's not catastrophic," he said.

Farmers in some parts of Connecticut lost more than half of their newly planted trees, while others were unaffected, said Kathy Kogut, executive director of the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association. …

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