Many Christmas tree farmers throughout the north country said they have experienced little to no loss of this year's crop from the recent drought, but increased temperatures and a lack of rain killed their younger trees planted for future markets.
"It should be a good harvest throughout the state," said
The majority of trees harvested and sold during each holiday season have been large and mature trees from eight to 10 years of age, and many farmers said the drought had virtually no impact on their mature trees.
"The trees look good,"
"I can say that the trees we have now are in excellent shape,"
Despite virtually no loss in their supply of trees intended for this year's market, many north country Christmas tree farmers claimed they have suffered significant losses from their supply of younger trees.
Younger trees, particularly seedlings, have shorter roots that make it harder to absorb water from the soil and adapt to drought conditions,
"It would be safe to say that it would be at least a
"All of my new seedlings died,"
For producers who lost more than 15 percent of their crop compared with their average crop mortality rate due to natural disasters such as droughts, the FSA can cover up to 65 percent of replanting costs and up to 50 percent of rehabilitation costs, according to the program's fact sheet.
"I'm hoping that we don't have another consecutive year of drought,"
"It supports local farmers and supports local jobs," she said. "(There are also) a couple of benefits to consumers and the community."
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