Updated 11/27/2011 04:51 PM
Historic drought stunts Christmas tree production
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The historic drought has stunted the growth of many Central Texas crops, including Christmas trees.
Due to the lack of water, Evergreen Farms in Elgin has decided to let its trees grow for another year. Evergreen trees require four to five gallons of water in a two week period to grow eighteen inches in a year.
The farm's owner, Mike Walterscheidt, said that most tree-hunters come to the farm to cut down a tree between 5 and 7 feet, but this year, the drought is limiting their options.
"We're not cutting out of the field this year because we just didn't get the height growth that we want. We want to keep the farm viable for the future,” he said.
Walterscheidt said his customers understand the drought's devastating impact on many Central Texas crops.
"They sympathize with us because they know what we're going through. They're happy we brought these trees in," he said.
Evergreen Farms has been in business for 32 years and has about 1,500 pre-cut trees for sale.