One year after a record-setting cherry harvest, a recent cold snap has slashed Washington’s expected yield by almost one-third.
Washington ranks No. 1 in the country for sweet cherry production, and it accounts for 80% of the cherries grown in the Northwest states. In 2012, Washington growers shipped 23 million boxes of cherries.
Early 2013 estimates of 24 million boxes shipping from Northwest states now has dropped to between 16 and 18 million.
Connoisseurs in Walla Walla are pleased to learn that Eastern Washington wine grapes seem to have escaped the cold spell unscathed. Read the Tri-City Herald story.