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Christmas Tree Farmers Hurt by DroughtSubmitted: 12/11/2012
MADISON - Wisconsin Christmas tree farms lost tens of thousands of trees to drought conditions this year.

New figures from state agriculture officials show more than 1 in 5 tree farms sustained drought damage.

Nearly a million Christmas trees are harvested on Wisconsin's 11-hundred farms each year.

The drought hit growers in southern Wisconsin especially hard, as well as those in the central sands region.

In Marquette, Adams and Waupaca counties, state inspectors found 40 percent of trees died.

At Ottman Family Christmas Tree Farm in Pewaukee, all of the 5-thousand seedlings planted by Ken Ottman this year have died.

Ottman bought trees from northern Wisconsin wholesalers to sell at his lot.

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