It was a banner year for Iowa’s 100 or so Christmas tree farms, but some producers worry the future may not be as bright.
It’s been a busy month for the Wickiup Hill Tree Farm near Toddville in Eastern Iowa. Operations manager Tim Andrews says they sold out of trees almost two weeks ago, but the work continues year round.
“This year the weather was warm, so it was enjoyable," he says. "Some years it’s downright cold, the opposite of it is during the summertime when we’re shearing the trees, the heat index can be 110 or 115, so it’s not for the weak or faint of heart.”