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Christmas Tree Crop Struggling in Texoma

"We lost a bunch of them, I'm guessing probably around 20%," says David Conovaloff of the Christmas trees he grows on his farm.

Vacant areas where trees would usually be are easy to spot at the Brushy Creek Farms all because of the hot dry weather. 


"During the spring everything looked good for awhile there then it started getting hotter and we kept expecting rain, expecting rain, but it kept getting hotter and pretty soon trees were beginning to die," Conovaloff says.

Christmas tree roots aren't as deep as some trees and as the mercury climbed the soil temperature rose as well.

"It actually cooked the roots and it killed them so no matter how much you watered the trees they were not taking up nutrients or water," he says.


Conovaloff's wife says one of the hardest things was watching her husband struggle to keep the trees alive, wondering if their plants would pull through. 

"He was doing everything possible.  To watch us lose trees and to wonder are we going to lose everything because we know people who have," says Linda Conovaloff.


Many of their friends in the business had it so bad this year they decided to call it quits. 

"Basically he lost 90% of them so he's kind of going out of business," Conovaloff says of his friend.


A well and drip system helped keep Conovaloff's tree farm up and running, but Brushy Creek is thankful it will be able to open to the public in the next few weeks. 
  
"I think you can't be a farmer and be discouraged.  We've still got a lot of good trees, not as many as I would like to have, but we do still have a lot of good trees left," the Conovaloff's say.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.

 

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