TRIVOLI--The 2012 drought has taken its toll on most crops in Central Illinois and Christmas trees are no exception.
Richard Grady runs Grady Tree Farm in Trivoli. He has been planting trees there since the early 60s and his father before him since the 40s. Grady has seen many good and bad years of tree growing. Even as bad as this year was he still won't let it bring him down.
"Well we planted them and it turned dry and it didn't rain for a long time" says Grady, but he says there have been many others years he can remember drought affecting his trees. He says not every year can be good for farmers.
Grady says that the trees planted this year aren't looking to make it far but those that do will take 7 to 8 years to mature. He says that they won't feel the financial impact until 7 or 8 years time as well.
"There are still plenty of trees for this upcoming Christmas" says Grady.He says that selling the trees isn't the best part of the job but it's the look on all the kids faces when they find the right tree.