Christmas tree crop forecast

8:03 PM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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ISANTI, Minn. - There are roughly 370 Christmas tree farms in Minnesota. So how did the trees fare after the drought?

Bobby and I asked a farmer who has been farming Christmas trees for nearly 30 years in Isanti.  Phil Hartley owns Pinestead Tree Farms and is pretty happy with this year's crop.

The consensus is that the area just north of the Metro, which is referred to as the Anoka sand plain, where most of the tree farms are located had an adequate amount of spring rains and the trees look great.

Christmas trees start to go dormant in August so as the drought really started to intensify the trees were really unaffected.  Most of the farms now use irrigation as well to mitigate the dry years.

Here is the list of tree farms that are associated with the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association.

Phil at Pinestead Tree Farm has many fun family activities to offer at his farm. 

This weekend he will offer 15 minute photo sessions with a professional photographer which will cost $25 and $20 of your fee with go toward Tree for Troops program. More about that next week on Grow with KARE.

Belinda & Bobby

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