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Cherries Avoid Major Hit From Recent Rain, Wind

Cherry growers in the region have not seen significant weather damage during the harvest season that began in June. Warm temperatures in late May eliminated an anticipated delay for growers in the Wenatchee Valley and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

BJ Thurlby is President of the Washington State Tree Fruit Commission.

In an update released last week, the Northwest Cherry Growers estimates that this year’s crop is expected to be just shy of 24 million boxes – each weighing 20 pounds. Growers say they were concerned the harvest would begin late due to cold and snowy conditions earlier this year.

Windy and rainy conditions in recent weeks also have not hurt the outlook for the crop. The Yakima-based cherry growers organization estimates June shipments will be 9.4 million boxes.

The group represents growers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

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