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Jamie Coe checks out a 25-foot Norway spruce tree that died on his Christmas tree farm this summer during a prolonged drought. A combination of approaching retirement and the drought has forced Coe to close his farm south of Fulton, Mo.

Jamie Coe checks out a 25-foot Norway spruce tree that died on his Christmas tree farm this summer during a prolonged drought. A combination of approaching retirement and the drought has forced Coe to close his farm south of Fulton, Mo. Photo by Don Norfleet.

For 23 years, Coe’s Tree Farm south of Fulton was a holiday tradition to many Callaway County families. But age and drought have combined to put an abrupt end to Jamie Coe’s six-acre Christmas tree farm on County Road 102 just south of Fulton.

“I have closed my tree farm. The drought really hit hard this summer. I am nearing retirement, and I wanted to quit my tree farm operation anyway,” Coe said.

Coe said all of the trees he planted during ....

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