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State Home Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and points on the Pennsylvania state capitol.

The State Home Sound Bites Podcast is now referred to as State of the State and is part of PA Publish, a digital-first, citizen-focused information group to carry Pennsylvania’s authorities accountable to its residents.

Christmas tree farm

Rod Wert, proprietor of Blue Ridge Christmas Tree Farm, and Chris the cat stand by some concolor firs on Dec. 19, 2018. (Lisa Wardle/WITF)

Tree farmers need to get artistic to ensure enterprise stays robust and some unhealthy years do not set them again an excessive amount of.

Do you know Pennsylvania is the fourth-biggest producer of Christmas bushes within the nation?

About one million are reduce and offered right here yearly. So, we figured, now is an effective time to be taught a bit of extra about one of many commonwealth’s most festive industries.

To try this, we headed out to Annville, about 20 miles exterior Harrisburg, to discover a tree farm.

Rod Wert and his spouse Jodi personal the Blue Ridge Christmas Tree Farm. They have been within the enterprise for 30 years, each right here and at a earlier farm in Linglestown. The household additionally owns a second farm the place they develop issues like corn, rye, and soybeans, they usually have a bookbinding business–Wert Bookbinding–in Grantville.

There’s a variety of planning that goes into rising bushes as a crop. It takes about eight years for seedlings to get tall sufficient to be offered, and Rod advised us loads can occur in that time–root rot, fungus, sunburned bushes…the record goes on. So, he stated, tree farmers need to get artistic to ensure enterprise stays robust and some unhealthy years do not set them again an excessive amount of.

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