Disease, pests and record heat thwart US cherry growers in 2021

Record early-summer heat and continued struggles with little cherry disease and pests have been severe challenges for US cherry growers in 2021. These topics were discussed Tuesday at the second day of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association annual meeting at the Yakima Convention Center.

More than 238,856 trees, equivalent to 974 acres of sweet cherries, have been removed due to little cherry disease and x-disease between 2015 and 2020, according to a survey this year by the WSU and Oregon State University extension offices. That led to reduced industry revenues by an estimated $30 million in 2020, and $65 million between 2015 and 2020.

Source: wenatcheeworld.com

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