Washington state: Recent heat wave impacts cherry crop

Grandview, Washington, has had several days of heat advisories, but these kind of temperatures are welcome to many cherry growers in the Valley, at least to an extent. For some in the lower valley, the harvest is set to start and the hot weather is helping the fruit develop to just the right size before they have to get picked.

Temps in the 100's with lots of sun like those in the middle of last week could put the fruit at risk of burning, but growers had irrigation water ready to help mitigate that. In this kind of heat, growers need to make sure their workers are staying hydrated, and picking the fruit off the trees before it gets too hot otherwise the fruit could easily separate from the stem.

"When we see the temperatures in the high 80's, 85, we check in and make sure they got enough water and tell them go slow, and finish what you've got left in your bucket, we go home and start fresh in the next morning," Martin Pedrosa, a cherry grower in Grandview, told kimatv.com.

Right now, he's putting reflective film out in the orchards to give the fruit enough color before they need to get picked in a matter of days. He says the cherry crop is looking much better than it did last year.


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