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Christmas Tree Shortages For Some Farmers on Delmarva

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DELMARVA- You may have a Christmas tree in your home for the holidays this year, but you may not realize the level of difficulty it took to get it there.

According to some local tree farmers, their Christmas tree numbers are slimmer than usual due to the heavy rainfall we saw earlier this year. Some farmers we spoke with in the area say their trees developed "root rot," which is a condition that comes from plants and trees not getting the proper drainage needed to survive. 

Not all farmers on Delmarva have been impacted, but Bruce Nichols, owner of Nichols Tree Farm said he lost a good majority of the six thousand trees he planted due to rainfall.

"We lost seventy-five percent. Those on the high hills, they did fine. But those on low areas, they could not survive, so they drowned," Nichols said. 

Donald Hallowell, who owns Don's Christmas Trees, said he also lost a couple hundred trees. 

"This year with the rain, we were pulling out trees that were well established, five, six, eight feet tall. So that's getting close to a sellable tree," he said.

But growing and maintaining tree health wasn't the only problem this year. Farmers also said there was a problem importing trees as well. Some trees like Frasier Firs grow really well in states like North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Due to heavy rainfall and even recent snow, it's made it tough to receive shipments. 

"It totally shut operations down in Pennsylvania for four full days, and all the trees that we were guaranteed out of North Carolina, we didn't get."

Reports also show there is a shortage of trees this year due to the economic recession of 2008--less trees were planted the, which means there are less available to buy now. 

Farmers predict this year's shortage won't present an ongoing problem in the long-run.

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