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Record High May Temperatures Affecting Crops

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- We've seen some record high temperatures in our area this month, and growers say it may affect their crops.

Growers say ideal temperatures for fruit around this time are somewhere between 80 and 85 degrees.

The warm weather can cause trees to bloom earlier, and it can actually affect the chemical thinning process growers use on their crops.

In warmer weather, that process can take out more fruit than the grower wants.

"It's definitely abnormal, but things seem to average out normally, we get the real cold weather and now we got the real hot weather and we'll probably end up with our average again," said Mark Barrett with Barrett Orchards.

Back in April, Barrett says a week of warm daytime temperatures followed by cold nights damaged some of his cherry and pear crops as well.

However, he predicts he'll have a good harvest this year, just not a record-breaking one.

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