Christmas tree economics

“A lot of blood, sweat, and tears goes into growing a Christmas tree,” said Bert Cregg, a horticulture professor at Michigan State University. “You’ve got the cost of land, road construction, tractors, herbicide, fertilizers — and then all the labor it takes to plant and shear the tree.”

Bossio, of Quarter Pine Farm, calls Christmas trees a game of “patience and unpredictability.”

“It takes so long to make a profit in this business and anything can happen in that time,” she said. “This year, we had a late frost that damaged a good chunk of our Douglas firs; I know farms that had no rain and lost 100% of their trees.”

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