More On Cherries

More On Cherries

More On Cherries. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.

It is early in the cherry season. Really too early to make any predictions but providing things tend to go along as they have recently, Oregon Cherry Growers Gip Redman says it should be a nice crop.

REDMAN: There's a good spread between districts not only here in Oregon but in Washington as well and that usually means for a more orderly marketing. And California's crop is down, I'm sure you heard that. The south didn't have enough chilling, I don't know that the north did either but they're looking at maybe two-thirds to three-quarters of where they've been the last couple of years which has been in the 8-million mark.

According to Redman that should set the market up nicely for the northwest growers.

REDMAN: We may need everything we can get. If it goes over the 22-million it's uncharted ground and depending on size and quality and if we continue the breaks the way they are so there's a semblance in the ordering of the marketing it may turn out to be pretty good.

But, Redman has a caution.

REDMAN: You've got to remember that this is cherries and cherries being the volatile fruit they are I've seen 40 to 50 seasons and not one of them probably is a mirror image of another one. So there's always something that comes along that affects us some how and if it doesn't that's when we're going to get into the big numbers.

That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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