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Drought Impact Reporter

Rhode Islands’ Christmas tree farms bear witness to summer drought
11/23/2022 6:51:30 PM


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Newport County, RI
Tiverton, RI
Providence County, RI
Washington County, RI

Start Date: 5/1/2022
– End Date: 12/31/2022

The summer drought in the Northeast was hard on Christmas tree growers, leading some to limit the number of trees available or stay closed this holiday season. One Tiverton tree farmer was not opening, due to drought damage and being unable to source trees from elsewhere. His trees were green six weeks ago, but have since become discolored and were suffering from a mite called cryptomeria scale.
Tree farms in Scituate and South Kingstown were also not opening this year. Other tree farms were opening, but were offering fewer trees. (Providence, R.I.), Nov 23, 2022


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