Drought puts damper on tree farmers' Christmas

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
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.