By: Jason Rantala
It's the holidays, which for many means one thing: Christmas trees.
You only get one shot to pick out your first ever Christmas tree.
"I'm sweating bullets right now," said Mike Schrad.
But Mike and Josie Schrad just want theirs to fit in the room.
"There are a lot of traditional people that enjoy the old Christmas," said tree farmer Dennis Morgan.
"I just like that both of our families had real trees when we were growing up so now we can start that tradition as well," said Josie Schrad.
Dennis Morgan started farming trees back in 1990. He now grows several hundred across two plots of land.
Christmas means big profits for tree farmers across Iowa.
It's where Dennis and Sue Morgan, owners of Morgan Oaks, earn up to half their profits.
They sell trees at $7 per foot, all while offering the full experience, allowing customers to select and cut their own trees, before they're hauled away, shaken, bailed and tied to a vehicle.
But lately, conditions have been far from perfect for tree farmers.
Droughts over the last few years have hurt the crop.
"A few years down the road we will be slim on the trees," said Morgan.
The Morgans and other tree farmers can only do so much, knowing they have to rely on mother nature for much of the help.
It will be about seven years before the trees see full effects of drought, Morgan says.
For now, business is good. They sold around 50 trees on Friday alone.
It's their way of helping a longtime holiday tradition live on.