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Students learn about Christmas Tree Farms

Posted: Monday, Jan 7th, 2013

Kindergarten students at Kings learned how to identify evergreen trees by their needles and classify them as firs, spruces or pines. The Christmas Tree program is one of many presented by Ag in the Classroom which is offered through University of Illinois Extension. Holding various samples of evergreens are Payton C., Ben B., and Austin P.

Grade school students throughout Ogle & Carroll counties learned about Christmas tree farms during the month of December. The Ag in the Classroom program teaches students that many items we use every day originate from crops grown by farmers. Some crops we eat. Some crops are used to make our homes beautiful. Some crops we use to make clothes and other helpful items. Some crops help us celebrate!

Trees, like corn, are grown on farms. Tree growers do many of the same things other farmers do. But, a tree crop is different because it takes 7 to 10 years before a tree can be harvested. Also, a tree farmer must plant three new seedlings for every tree that they harvest because seedlings have many enemies including insects, diseases, rabbits, and deer.

For the complete article see the 01-06-2013 issue.

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