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Topic - Marshall Cathey
Dry, brown grass crunches underfoot as David Barfield walks through his 45-acre Christmas tree farm pointing at evergreens covered with brittle, rust-colored needles.
Mother Nature delivered the Grinch in the form of a historic drought that has killed thousands of trees across Texas and Oklahoma.
Most farmers plan to import trees from North Carolina to supplement any they have left, said Marshall Cathey, president of the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association.
Long stretches of triple-degree heat, he said, harmed the trees as much as the lack of rain.