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Drought of 2012 impacting this year's Christmas tree crop

A tight supply of Christmas trees this year is leading to higher prices in some parts of the country.
Minnesota Christmas tree farm (Courtesy KTTC)

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) - A tight supply of Christmas trees this year is leading to higher prices in some parts of the country.

Minnesota Christmas tree farmer Doug Dose says it may be more difficult and more expensive to find the perfect Fraser fir this holiday season.

Dose says a national drought from 2012 could be the culprit. That year some growers lost thousands of trees.

“I don't think there's going to be a statewide shortage (in Minnesota), but across the country, there's definitely a shortage of Christmas trees," Dose told NBC affiliate KTTC.

Dose says some growers are having to look to different parts of the country to fill their supply this season.

"I know a grower in Wisconsin that shipped a semi load to California because the California grower could not get his trees from his normal source," Dose said.

Despite the expected shortages elsewhere, Dose says he has plenty of trees on his property and says this season may be one of his best.