Nov 26, 2019

'I've lost half of them': How Kentucky's drought has impacted Christmas tree growth

Louisville, KY, USA Bullitt County, KY, USA
by
Ben Tobin
,
The Courier-Journal
Shafer says that maybe 30 percent of the trees that she planted made it through the summer drought, a problem that will be felt the most in 10 years when the trees were supposed to be ready to sell.
Shafer says that maybe 30 percent of the trees that she planted made it through the summer drought, a problem that will be felt the most in 10 years when the trees were supposed to be ready to sell.

"I have lost half of my trees that I planted this year,” [Christmas Tree Famer] Werkmeister Shafer said. “I planted about 600 trees, and I’ve lost half of them due to the drought.”

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After an unusually wet spring, Louisville saw a record-low total of 0.04 inches of rain in September. All 120 counties in Kentucky issued drought declarations and a majority of those counties, including Jefferson, declared a Level 2 Drought, meaning the climate has severe impacts on crops.