Cedar Falls, Iowa – RadioIowa – Iowa grown Christmas trees were in good supply this year, but the supply could be down a bit in the years ahead.
The 2012 drought wiped out seedlings in Iowa that would be maturing into take-home trees in the next couple of years. At the Kris Kringle Tree Farm north of Cedar Falls — owner Danny Moulds says that’s part of the business.
It takes between six and 12 years to grow a seedling into a tree that’s ready to cut down and take home to be decorated.
He says you just roll with it and plan for next season when you are hit by a bad weather year. Moulds is 35-years-old and by far the youngest of Iowa’s producers, most of the others are in their 60s and 70s. That’s a concern for Iowa Christmas Tree Growers President Tim Andrews .
Although the industry is an aging one, a new National Christmas Tree promotion board is in its infancy. It was established in 2015 by U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The 12 member board’s mission is to enhance the value and demand for cut trees through promotion, education and research.