Late rains worry California cherry farmers

Our unseasonably cold, wet weather has California farmers worried about their crops, especially the Bing cherries.
June 1, 2011 11:34:02 PM PDT
Our unseasonably cold, wet weather has California farmers worried. It could damage some crops, resulting in higher prices at the grocery store. Produce pros say this spring rain is damaging to one crop in particular.

"Cherries. Cherries are a problem, they're just about ready to pick the Bing cherries in Murrysville and some are ready, some are not," said Peter Carcione from Carcione's Fresh Produce.

When cherries get wet before they are picked, they split and begin to decay and growers have no time to make up for lost crops -- the California Bing cherry season is only six-weeks long, from mid-May through June.


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