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NW Cherry Growers expect crop to drop 15 percent from last year to 19.7 m boxes

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Cherry growers in the Pacific Northwest expect the 2015 crop to fall below the previous season’s record harvest in their Round 2 report.

Northwest Cherry Growers announced their 2015 estimates on May 20, saying the crop

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WSU team taking on cherry disease

Little cherry virus 2 is spread by mealybugs

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Calcium improves cherry quality

Calcium in field sprays and added to cooling water reduced pitting and improved cherry firmness.

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California expects a moderate cherry crop

Maturity was running a week ahead of normal, minimizing any overlap with the Northwest cherry season.

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Pedro Cuevas Jr., Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

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grower / Royal City, Washington
age / 25
crops / Cherries, apples
business / Part owner of Rancho Cuevas orchard and fieldman with CHS Sun Basin
other experience / Graduated Wenatchee Valley College in horticulture

How did you get your

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Bigger crops are coming for cherries

But probably not this year.

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Consumers are ready for more cherries

Don’t be afraid of larger cherry crops.

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Sean Tudor, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

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grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 28
crops / Apples, cherries, wine and juice grapes
business / Owner Rustic Vineyards, 2dor Wines
other experience / Walla Walla Community College, viticulture degree

How did you start in farming?
When I was young

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Bees as flying doctors

Honeybees deliver brown rot control to sweet cherry orchards.

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Marcus Morgan, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

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grower / Marcus Morgan, 36, The Dalles, Oregon.  (with Miss Blue)
crops / Cherries
business / Orchard manager for Morgan & Sons Honey Company.
other experience / He has worked the family farm since he was a child.

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Search continues for stinkbug predators

Will brown marmorated stinkbug take hold in desert climates?

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Leah Eddie, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

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grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 24
crops / Apples, cherries and juice grapes
business / Fieldman for Apple King. Partner in family run Eddie Farms.
other experience / Graduated from the tree fruit program at Wenatchee Valley College.

How

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