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Christmas tree crop strong

With Christmas less than a month away, experts say it should be a good year to find a nice tree. 

A Purdue University wood products specialist says an abundance of rain and cool temperatures has helped Indiana develop a good crop of Christmas trees this year.

Dan Cassens says in a news release that the drought of 2012 stressed the trees, and many died. But Cassens -- who owns a tree farm in West Lafayette -- says stronger trees prevailed and got stronger thanks to this year’s good weather.

Cassens says fir and Scotch pine are the most common Christmas tree species in Indiana and they last the longest when used indoors. Fir trees are most expensive.

Cassens says regardless of what type of tree you buy, it needs water. With no water in the stand, he says the tree will dry out and not last long.