2011-12-01 / Local & State

Christmas Tree Supply Normal In Pa. Despite Rains

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania tree growers are forecasting a normal supply of Christmas trees this season despite the year's heavy rains.

Prices are also expected to hold steady from last year.

Tim Strathmeyer is vice president of Strathmeyer Forests in Dover, one of the state's top growers. He tells The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that the company's trees mostly grow on hillsides and ridges, where rainwater quickly recedes.

There are about 1,200 Christmas tree farms in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association expects sales of about 1.1 million trees this season.

Evergreens are less affected by season weather than farm crops because they grow for years.

Penn State Extension educator Robert Pollock says a Christmas tree typically grows for six to eight years

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