University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extensive Forester Dennis Adams says there are several reasons to visit a Nebraska Christmas tree farm.
“One, you’re assured of fresh trees, probably better quality trees and just the experience of being outside, kind of a family adventure,” according to Adams.
Raising Christmas trees is like raising any other crop, only it takes longer. It takes about seven years to grow the average Christmas tree. Farmers plant their crop every year so that trees are ready to be cut each year.
There are about 50 Christmas tree farms in Nebraska. Most are members of the Nebraska Christmas Tree Growers Association. Most of the farms are a niche market for farmers who make their living raising conventional crops or livestock. Still, the Christmas tree farm business generates a half million dollars in sales each year.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:30]