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12/02/06

Christmas Tree Growers: Drought Didn't Affect Crop

People seeking an old-fashioned holiday experience have plenty of opportunities at the state's 100 or so Christmas tree farms.

Experts say the drought, in general, didn't affect the Texas Christmas tree industry.

Industry officials say only a few tree farms are closed this season. The rest have plenty of lush trees because of their irrigation systems.

Officials have said the 2006 drought caused a record $4.1 billion in agriculture losses in Texas.

The Texas Farm Bureau says only a fraction of that represents Christmas trees.

The Elves Christmas Tree Farm in Denison has about two-thousand lush trees for sale this year.

Owner Marshall Cathey says although his farm is partially irrigated, the drought only killed seedlings that will be replanted.

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