"We lost a couple thousand small trees this year," farmer Chris Howell said.
Howell owns Howell Tree Farm, which is about 20 miles southwest of Des Moines. He is one of hundreds of tree farmers across the country who lost one year's crop of trees because of the extreme heat.
"I will have two years of trees to plant next spring. The ones I planted for this spring, and the ones I plant for next year," Howell said.
The damage done by Mother Nature can be clearly seen between the dry ground and brown bristles.
"We watered and watered and watered," Howell said. "It's like trying to put out a forest fire. You just can't keep up with it."
The adult trees won't be affected. It's the seedlings that are three years and younger that are suffering.
"They don't have the root systems, and they can't keep up with that kind of heat," Howell said.
Howell and other tree farmers will really see the effects in seven or eight years because that's how long it takes for a seedling to grow before it can be sold.
"Essentially, seven years from now we have lost a crop of trees," Howell said. "We have plenty of trees for Christmas this year."
If a tree farmer tries to charge more for a tree this winter and blames it on the drought, then Howell said they're not being honest.