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Montana cherry growers save the best till last

For many years, Montana sweet cherries were marketed as the tail end of the Washington State crop, not having much of an identity of their own. But more recently, growers in Montana have worked to project a better image of what they think are better cherries and to get a better price for them.

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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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