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