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INDIANOLA, Iowa — Unlike most farmers that plant and harvest their crop every year, growing Christmas trees takes a lot of patience and time. The average tree takes seven years to grow.

The past few years have been really rough for farmers. In the past five years they’ve gone from weather that was too wet to too dry and hot.

“2010 was too wet. 2011 was too wet. 2012 was too hot and dry. 13 not quite as hot, but still as dry,” said Christmas tree farmer Gary Harman.

Christmas farmers haven’t had a good survival rate since 2009. This means in the next few years we could be dealing with a Christmas tree shortage.

The good news, this year is looking good with many of the trees surviving the first year.