Christmas trees killed by extreme heat, Oregon farmer says they’ve lost half of their crop

HILLSBORO, Oregon – Many are celebrating Christmas in July with friends and family after COVID pushed people apart last year and now, the summer’s record heat could bring temperatures down into holiday this year.

In the Pacific Northwest, where many American Christmas trees are grown, intense heat is affecting next year’s crops.

“It was a really bad time being a Christmas tree farmer, probably the worst year we’ve ever had,” said Matt Furrow, who owns and operates Furrow Farms in Hillsboro, Oregon. experienced.

Furrow and his wife, Dana, said they couldn’t believe the damage caused by the recent heatwave.

“We knew there would be some damage, especially to grandsons and nobles, but I really didn’t think the normal firsts would have that top damage,” said Dana.

Even the better trees at lower elevations are gone, Furrows said they feel helpless.

“We’re sitting here looking at the trees that we’ve been growing for over six years,” Dana said. “Every year you prune, fertilize, you pay the labor costs, and you’re watching them die in a day.” , said Dana.

Glenn Ahrens of Oregon State University Extension Services says trees exposed to the heat are likely to be hardest hit compared to trees sheltered by the forest canopy.

“Certainly for this last event for the trees that are close to the edge, it’s going to push them over and we’re going to see dead trees as a result,” Ahrens said.

But the furrows did not give up.

“We don’t know how far back it will die, you can see it looks a bit burnt and dehydrated, so we hope there will be some live shoots here, so it can grow out and make a new genus. We hope we can still save that tree,” said Matt Furrow.

The Furrows say they’ve lost about half of the Christmas trees they plan to sell this holiday season, and they’re not alone.

Drought and extreme heat could lead to fewer trees to choose from and higher prices this Christmas.

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Huynh Nguyen

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