The Netherlands experienced strong winds last week. "I've never seen such a heavy storm during the cherry growing period," says Jan Hoekstra, owner of Fruitbedrijf Hoekstra in that country. It caused significant damage. "We wrapped the cherries in plastic sheeting to protect them. But that spring storm destroyed at least half a hectare. Repairs will take at least two weeks. And the plastic alone costs about €5,000."
'Last week's spring storm did a lot of damage to the cherries' rain canopies. Hard at working repairing this.'
Jan thinks the cherries will be fine. "They're, fortunately, still intact, and for now, things look good. Though, I can't elaborate yet. We're doing everything we can to pollinate them as well as possible. That includes having bees near the trees. However, I can only really say in ten days whether it will be a good harvest," he concludes.