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Christmas tree growers face production shortages

Friday, December 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Farmer
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Some Christmas tree growers are lacking trees to sell this year, while others are concerned about what they’ll have ready to sell in seven to 11 years, according to a report by The Oregonian/Oregonlive (Portland, Oregon).

The newspaper reported that a seedling shortage back in 2008 caused some growers, such as Historic Kirchem Tree Farm in Oregon City, to close this season because they do not have enough mature trees to sell. 

Meanwhile, the newspaper quoted Chal Landgren, Christmas tree Extension specialist at Oregon State University, as saying that hot conditions in the summers of 2017 and 2018 caused many young trees to fail. These are trees that will mature in seven to 11 years.

Landgren said that in spite of these challenges, Oregon will come close to shipping its typical annual production quantity of about 4.2 million Christmas trees this year. » Read more