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by Bob Girardin and Catherine Howard

Willow Pond Farm

As choose-and-cut growers of Christmas trees, we all take pride in the experiences that we offer our customers so that they will continue to buy our trees. As growers in the 21st century, we must diversify and add to the experience by offering our customers a variety of species to choose from.

by Jim Strine, Kansas Forest Service

Pine Wilt Moving West

In the Fall 2008 issue of Kansas Canopy, I report that Pine Wilt has reached northwest Kansas. Not only does this affect the Christmas trees growing there, but pine trees have long been a valuable resource to provide beauty to the landscape and to reduce the winds that are common in this area.

by Bob Girardin

Exotic Update

Over the last few years, growers have shown increasing interest in planting Korean fir. I have a lot of experience with this species and have received a wealth of feedback from growers all over the world. I would like to share this information with you and hope this will help you with your plantings.

Pine Wilt:

A Fatal Disease of Exotic Midwest Pines

Pines have earned a secure niche in America’s living rooms as Christmas trees thanks to their diversity, adaptability, and beauty. Over the past 20 years, however, pine wilt has killed so many Scots pine in the Midwest that extension specialists no longer recommend planting this once-popular species.

by Mary Gruber

Ramblings

The NCTA is on the cusp of making a major decision influencing the future of the Real Christmas Tree industry. About 400 attendees from the state associations met at the National Convention in Iowa in August to weigh the pros and cons of committing the industry to a Checkoff program.

by Sue Huffman

Wreaths & Greens

Trends come and go and as Solomom stated in the book of Ecclesiastes “there is nothing new under the sun.” If we believe that, then we will be quick to realize that there are no new colors. So where do we get all the new colors from that we see in furniture, clothes, new cars, and about everywhere you look.

Underground Gardening

Scientists have discovered that “underground gardening” by earthworms is contributing to the spread of ragweed, a plant that causes sneezes and sniffles and is one of the nation’s most irritating weeds. Earthworms help ragweed thrive by collecting/burying its seeds.

by Ned A. Tisserat

Watch for Signs of

Sphaeropsis Tip Blight, Dothistroma Needle Blight, and Brown Spot of Pines

Over the last few years, growers have shown increasing interest in planting Korean fir. I have a lot of experience with this species and receive a wealth of feedback from growers. I would like to share this information with you and hope this will help you with plantings.

by Tom Buck

Tax Talk

If you are a regular reader you’ll recall me saying that “profit motive” is the be-all and end-all when it comes to defending your business deductions against IRS audit. Profit Motive is what differentiates “hobbies” from “for-profit” businesses. The IRS is becoming more interested in this subject as indicated by a new pronouncement.

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