Christmas Tree Crop is Selling Fast
Throughout the scorching summer, tree farmers kept their eye on the Christmas season, doing everything they could to save the trees and the holiday tradition.
"I want this giant one!" exclaimed little Jillian Parnell."It's taller than the sky."
To a kid, the tree is huge, but to a farmer it's smaller than it should be. The drought took it's toll this summer.
Barbara Schiller and her husband have run their Lonoke County family business for 30 years. The last three have been the hardest.
"It was wet, then too dry. and so that's part of farming, I guess. It's never just always right. For the last three years it's been pretty tough," said Schilling.
Even with irrigation to some trees, the Schillers lost about a hundred 6-year-old evergreens. They also only did one shearing this year.
"After the shearing, it did not put out new growth for the second. So, there are holes in it, and it didn't fill in like it normally would, so it's not a prime tree at all. Probably will be a wreath" smiled Schiller.
Normally, the Schillers sell about 2,000. This year, they're expecting about half that. Only about 200 trees remain because the Schillers decided to hold off on opening a second lot of trees. They chose to give those trees a chance to develop further for next year.
"We've never just opened one field, but we feel like next year it will pay off that we waited and held the trees over," said Schiller.
They only wanted the best trees in the crop up for sale this year. They expect to sell out soon, so if you haven't purchased your holiday tree, Schiller suggests you come this weekend to ensure you will get the perfect one.