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Due to weather challenges in early growing season

Okanagan cherry yield expected to be down

In the Okanagan, a cold April has been followed by record-high temperatures in May. Due to this, cherry yields are expected to be down. Balpreet Gill, who is the operations manager for Gold Star Fruit Company in Oliver, said that his cherry harvest will likely be downsized by about 20 to 30 per cent: “During pollination, it was nice to get some warm weather in the 20 C's. But when we hit 32 C and 33 C, some of the pollen did dry out and got overcooked. Unfortunately, some cherries won't make it this year, they will fall off the tree and thin the crop out a little bit,” he added.

However, early reports indicate that peaches, nectarines and grapes were hit the hardest by winter's chill. Some areas of apricots are impacted and they won't have any crop this year. Others are having just a small crop and it's hard to estimate the availability. Peach availability should remain available but a little tighter supply this year.


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