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Cherry Crop Loss

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NACHES, Wash. - Farmers are facing a significant decrease in cherries.  The reduction is due to the cooler temperatures last April.  Farmers say this happens about every twenty to twenty-five years.

Most farmers are down about forty percent but some farmers were unable to save any cherries.  For those who could, they have about two to three cherries per cluster.  During a good season farmers will have about six to seven cherries per cluster. 

There is a five to ten cent per pound increase in price but they will be worth the extra few cents.  Growers are saying the cherries will be bigger and juicer than last year's cherries.

For now growers are focusing on their fruits that have done well such as apples.  But for the cherries... they are looking forward to next year.  The cherry growers say a farmer is always the optimist.