Frost causes damage to Christmas Tree operations in Nova Scotia

The President of the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia says the industry is expecting losses of ten to fifteen percent following Monday's heavy frost.

Mike Keddy says, however, that it's a bit too early to tell the extent of the damage.

He says it's one of a number of weather-related factors that can affect the industry, as severe wind and dry weather can also cause significant damages.

A number of farmers around the province have echoed similar sentiments this week as they assess the damage to their crops.

Keddy says the industry is looking forward to seedlings from the SMART Christmas Tree Research Centre at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in the spring of 2020 with naturally occurring improved genetics.

In addition to better needle retention, he says one of the characteristics they're looking for is greater frost tolerance.