Cherry Production Forecast Substantially Higher

Cherry Production Forecast Substantially Higher

However, low pollination was a consistent problem resulting from a cool wet spring.

The Michigan tart cherry production forecast is 210 million pounds, 56% higher than the 2010 crop, according to the  USDA,  NASS,  Michigan  Field  Office. 

Development  of  the  crop  was  behind  normal  due  to  below  normal  spring temperatures. There were, however, no killing frosts. The bloom was excellent, but cool, wet conditions and heavy cloud cover  hampered  pollination  in  many  locations.  This  resulted  in  fruit  set  that  was  lower  than  first  anticipated.  Yield potential in the northwest is very good but quite variable, even among trees in the same orchard. The west central area crop outlook is good and variable among orchards. The yield in the southwest appears very good. Bearing acres statewide increased slightly.

The U.S. tart cherry production forecast is 266 million pounds, 40% above 2010 production. Washington growers expect to produce 12.0 million pounds of tart cherries in 2011, down 22% from 2010. The Utah production forecast is 24.0 million pounds, up 4% from 2010.

The Michigan sweet cherry forecast is 19,000 tons, up from 15,100 tons produced in 2010. A large number of flowering buds indicated the potential for an above average production year. However, low pollination was a consistent problem resulting from a cool wet spring. A large June drop is expected. Trees were not affected by a frost or freeze this spring.

The  U.S.  sweet  cherry  production  forecast  is  324,830  tons,  up  4%  from  312,720  tons  in  2010.  The  Washington forecast  of  180,000  tons  is  up  15%  from  2010  production.  The  California  and  Oregon  forecasts  are  85,000  and 36,000 tons, respectively.

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