It's Beginning To Look A Lot LESS Like Christmas

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 2:32pm

Drought takes its toll on Iowa Christmas tree farm.

As the summer heat continues the holidays might be the last things on the mind, but this year's drought could already have some negative impact on the Christmas season, mainly the iconic Christmas tree.

Bob Moulds owns Wapsie Pines Tree Farm in Fairbank, Iowa and loves his job.

Unfortunately, this year has been especially tough due to the drought.

"We started planting trees on our farm in 1980 and fought a couple of bad years but this is by far the worse we've seen," said Moulds.

Moulds says the most popular Christmas tree, the fir tree, has been hit the hardest by the heat and drought.

Crop losses have been significant.

"Most of our losses are in this years planting. And in this particular area over 50 percent. And before it's over I think almost all of them will be gone," Moulds said.

Moulds had taken extra steps already for the shortage of trees his farm will see in the future.

"We've ordered extra seedlings for next year and we will just have to try and make up the difference because in about eight years from now we'll probably have a little gap in the number of trees we have available," said Moulds.

Wapsie Pines isn't the only farm suffering.

Mould's son operates Kris Kringle's Trees and has lost the last three years planting of fir trees.

Iowa isn't the only state that will suffering a Christmas tree shortage.

"A lot of the fir trees that are sold in retail outlets in Iowa come from Wisconsin and Michigan, some of those areas. I was north of Madison where they raise a lot of firs a few weeks ago and I know they lost everything they planted," Moulds said.

The good news is that this years tree harvest will be okay but in seven or eight years, we will likely see the droughts impact and a possible Christmas tree shortage.

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