Jun 11, 2019USDA estimates 2019 cherry crops
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) on June 11 forecast 2019 production numbers for cherry crops.
Here are the charts and summaries from NASS’ press release:
Tart cherry production down 18%
United States tart cherry production is forecast at 290 million pounds, down 18% from the 2018 production.
In Michigan, the largest tart cherry producing State, growers reported an average crop. Cooler than normal spring weather conditions led to a delay in the crop. Utah growers reported an above average crop similar to the previous year.
In New York, growers reported an average crop and bloom.
In Washington, growers reported warm spring weather conditions and expect harvest to begin later than normal.
In Wisconsin, cool and wet conditions led to a delay in the crop this year.
Sweet cherry production up 13%
United States sweet cherry production is forecast at 362,000 tons, up 13% from 2018.
In Washington and Oregon, warm spring conditions have been optimal for the crop.
In California, growers reported sufficient chill and precipitation leading to a good crop this season.