In this photo taken Nov. 8, 2011, David Barfield checks one of his saplings at his Christmas tree farm in New Caney, Texas. Only a handful of the 500 saplings planted have survived the drought this year. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
November 25, 2011 6:07:16 AM PST
NEW CANEY, Texas (AP) - November 25, 2011 --
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.