Rains hit most of the Inland Northwest this past weekend which brought damage to some cherries.
President of Northwest Cherries B.J. Thurlby said that growers with the Chelan variety would be the only growers impacted.
“When it rains, the cherries actually, through the leaves, get excess water into their system and they just don’t have the cell division to hold the water and they just split.”
Thurlby estimated an impact of about three-to-four percent of the Chelan crop.
The later varieties like Bings are still too green to get water damage, but Thurlby said it always rains during their harvest season which has orchardists prepared.
“Growers are on high alert and trying to make sure that they’re protecting their orchards and a lot of them are using calcium over the orchards and a lot of them were using helicopters this weekend just to be safe.”
Thurlby says this year crop is the earliest in quite a while and there are growers expecting to start the harvest this weekend.
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