Sweet cherry shortage means higher prices in produce section

July 02, 2018 - 5:25 am

It may be a little more difficult finding sweet cherries in grocery stores this summer.

The crop this year is 26 percent less productive than it was in 2017. The problem is bad weather in the northwest, said Lance Honeig, statistician with the United States Department of Agriculture.

"Weather, during pollination, not ideal this season," Honeig said. "That's what's pushing some of that production expectation down from last year."

Producers in Washington and Oregon are concerned about a condition called early fruit drop, and in California, a warm winter followed by a Febraury frost and then heavy March rain, did a number on cherry trees. 

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