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Tree Rot Hurting Certain Christmas Firs

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This season, a root rot targeting the Fraser Fir, a popular Christmas tree, is prompting tree farms to turn to Turkish and Nordmann Firs. 
     
Those types are more resistant to the rot which is caused by a water born mold. The rot could cost farmers hundreds of millions of dollars if it's not contained.

Locally, the General Manager at Teske tells us, there haven't been many problems where they get their trees.

"It takes 6 to 10 years to get trees from seedling to market that could be quite awhile before that is actually gonna come to fruit, especially here," said George Bingham, GM of Teske. "If we start seeing trees that are in really bad shape, we're gonna have to reconsider what we're gonna do."
     
Tree farmers in Oregon, the country's top Christmas tree producer, are experimenting with the other firs and so far, they say the program is a success. 

 

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