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Strange weather affecting fruit harvest

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- With this abnormally cool summer weather, farmers around the Yakima Valley have had to adjust their picking schedules.

Mark Barrett is the owner of Barrett Orchards in Yakima and he says the strange weather has been a big issue for his crops.

He says the weird weather pushed back cherry season by about 10 days this year leading to an above average price for the fruit.

It has also delayed the picking of apricots which have just started to come off the trees.

Barrett says the quality of the fruit isn't an issue but they have had to add to their picking schedules to make up for the delay. That causes issues for his bottom line.

"It's been an interesting year. With such cool weather it was really hard to gauge when to pick," Barrett said. "Even ripening within the tree for what we're picking to ship overseas."

Peach season is also right around the corner and Barrett says that prices for both peaches and apricots will be about average.

The recent rise in temperatures has been good news for Barrett Orchards and they hope it will last.

He says that cherries continue to come off the trees and consumers are seeing the best value for them now.  

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