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Christmas tree farmers worried about effects of drought

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WARREN, CT (WFSB) -

Christmas is still months away, but some local farmers are worried about the effects the prolonged drought will have on their trees.

Angevine Farm has been in Lisa Bergs and Timothy Angevine’s family for nearly 150 years.

On Wednesday, the brother-sister duo was out in the fields, replacing the trees they planted only a few months before.

"We're going along and actually pulling the trees that are dead and putting in new little seedlings in hopes that they'll catch,” Angevine said.

Every year, thousands of seedlings are planted in the spring, but because of the dryer conditions, some of the newly-planted trees didn’t survive in the dryer conditions.

"We're always worried about the lack of rain, but this year in particular it's put a lot of stress on the family and other farmers,” Bergs said.

The trees that were planted only a few years ago had enough time to establish roots, and thankfully are doing okay.

For now, the same can be said for the trees that will be cut down this Christmas.

"Their color looks good, their needle retention looks good,” Angevine said.

The Angevine family is now hoping for rain, to bring some life back to their land.

"This is probably the worst I've seen in my lifetime,” Angevine said.

When it comes to shopping for a tree this year, you can give your chosen tree a quick test to see if it’s healthy and if it was affected by the drought.

"If you run your hand down the branch and you don't get a bunch of needles, you should be in good shape,” Angevine said.

With the right conditions and a little bit of rain, the little trees will turn into a full size tree in about eight to ten years.

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