There will still by many Kansas-grown Christmas trees for sale this year, despite the drought conditions in the state.
Eldon Clawson, president of the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association, says the trees that sellers harvested for sale this year were able to handle the hot, dry weather.
He says if the drought hurts tree supplies, it won't be felt for several years.
“We are not expected to be impacted at all. Maybe down the road when this little crop is should be big they won’t be there, but the tree we’ve got this year are very good,” says Clawson.
Clawson says replanting next year can probably replace any small trees that were damaged, but the drought did hurt Christmas tree growers in other parts of the country. He says the varieties of trees grown in Kansas are better able to handle drought conditions.
Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of the season for many Christmas tree sellers.