By Gabriel Garcia of Wenatchee World
Quincy Valley Post-Record 

Washington cherry harvest forecast at 8 million more 20-pound boxes than last year


Last updated 7/6/2023 at 11:38am

Loren Benoit, Wenatchee World

Last year, cold weather in April resulted in a total loss for Donn Etherington's 35 acres of cherry orchards outside Wenatchee. Despite some more early spring damage to his 10-acre orchard, Etherington mentioned things are looking up this year, with his cherry crops expected to be harvested in July and August.

WENATCHEE - Last year's cold, wet April brought the cherry crop down. But this year, the Washington state cherry harvest is in full swing, and the industry is optimistic about it.

Around 21 million 20-pound boxes are expected for harvest, said Tim Kovis, director of communications and events for the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

That is due to summer-like days in the spring months.

"There's been more ideal conditions this year," Kovis said. "Cherry trees love when the temperatures are in the high 70s to mid-80s."

In 2022, the industry in Washington harvested around 13 million 20-pound boxes. In 2021, 20 million 20-pound boxes were harvested.

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