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US: Northwest cherry crop updateThere is news on the Northwest cherry crop, even though it is still very early. The first all industry crop estimate is not due until early next month, though early indications seem to show promise.
There is a nice spread over the growing districts, suggesting harvest will take place over 85 days.
The first shipments are anticipated on June 11th, but with so much time in-between this date a lot can happen, both in terms of timing and of quality.
However, early indications are good. Growers have reported perfect orchard conditions throughout the Fall and Winter periods so they are expecting a large crop. All being well it should be at least as large as last years yield of 18.3 million boxes, though there are hopes it could reach 20 million boxes.
Currently the weather is expected to get warmer, which would help things along. The last two years have provided the coldest May weather for 20 years.
The Chelan variety is just finishing blooming and growers think there is a full crop. In warmer districts Bing is also finishing its blooming period , and is at about 30%-50% across the Northwest generally.
For more information please visit: www.northwestcherries.net
Publication date: 4/20/2012
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