Cherry exporters in Washington State believe the first Bings will be harvested around June 6/7, a week later than last season because of cooler weather.
“Cherries are susceptible to weather damage even at this late stage, but quality is looking good, pointing towards the peak of production next month,” said Darren Matschull, procurement director for UK importer JO Sims. “Overall we expect the Washington crop to reach 10,000-11,000 tonnes, marginally higher than last year,” he added.
Conditions in Washington are far drier than those in California, where rain storms have continued to reduce the packout by as much as 50%.