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DUBUQUE (AP) -

Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are pretty much behind us, it's time to look forward to Christmas. And with Christmas, comes the tree.

Many tree farms opened their doors Friday to eager families looking to secure the best trees early this year.

Jennifer and Richard Walker, along with their children Rick and Claire, visited the Bahl Family Farm in Dubuque Friday morning in search for their tree.

"Every Christmas we've spent in Dubuque, we've come out here to get a tree," Jennifer Walker said.

It only took them ten minutes of searching to find the perfect tree: a six foot Fraser.

They were able to find it, despite a smaller amount of trees available this year.

At the Bahl Family Farm, their selection is down because they stopped planting trees recently. They've also lost some trees due to weather in the past year.

Other tree farms report the same problem. The drought and floods in Iowa affected many tree businesses, forcing them to bulk up on their pre-cut inventory to meet demand.

At Spiegs Christmas Tree Farm, as well as Bahl's Family Farm, prices have remained the same, but Jerry Spieg doesn't expect that to stay the same. 

He said he expects prices to rise in the next couple of years because of the lack of supply.

For now though, most farms have good selections of trees for the same you might have paid for last year. 

Kathy Bahl said the average tree on their farm sells for $50.

And of course, she said, selection will dwindle as we get closer to Christmas and more trees have been bought.

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