Yakima Valley: Cold spring means smaller cherry and peach crop

Cold spring weather, a late April frost and their impact on pollination has delayed the Yakima Valley peach harvesting season, which usually is at its peak by now.

James Michael, vice president of marketing-North America for the Washington State Fruit Commission: “Volume is down because of the cold conditions we saw this spring. Besides the severe cold and frost, we had a long, extended cool period that pushed everything back, including the peaches.”

Many of Washington state’s top peach areas were among the coldest points during the April freeze, Michael said. The consensus among growers is that there is about half of a crop this season: “We are getting into the peak of peaches now, and will be transitioning through varieties until late September this year. Traditionally, peach harvest begins in early July and lasts through mid-September, but the cool spring pushed most crops back by at least two weeks.”

Source: apnews.com


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