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Optimizing cherry quality during export

Choosing the right MAP liner can improve fruit quality.

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New cherry varieties wanted urgently

Growers are frustrated by the pace of WSU’s sweet cherry breeding.

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Early cherry is on fast track

WSU’s elite selection matures a little after Chelan.

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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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Northwest cherry growers expected to harvest just under 20 million boxes of fresh cherries this season, down from 23 million in 2014.

During Northwest Cherry Growers’ five-state cherry meeting in May, all districts reported shorter crops

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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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