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.