The first cherry crop prediction of the year calls for a big, if late, season.
Growers expect to harvest about 21.8 million 20-pound boxes, or 218,000 metric tons, according a crop estimate released today by the Northwest Cherry Growers, a Yakima, Washington, based group that markets fresh cherries for producers in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah.
This was the first of four crop estimates done each season. Numbers are adjusted as the season progresses. If the Round One figures holds, it would surpass last year’s total of 20.9 million boxes shipped.