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Lack of Rain Impacts State Christmas Tree Growers

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Lack of Rain Impacts State Christmas Tree Growers

By Mike Conroy. CREATED Jul 31, 2012

Madison - The drought has killed many of the newly planted Christmas trees in southern Wisconsin.

Growers say they'll have to plant twice as many next year to make up for the loss. Caledonia Tree Farm owner Russell Kook near Merrimac said most of the 4,500 seedlings he planted this year have died. Kook says other growers he's talked to are experiencing the same losses.

The State Journal said Wisconsin has about 900 Christmas tree farms that produce about 1 million trees a year. The state ranks fifth in production nationally.