KENNEWICK, Wash.-- With recent rainy weather in the Tri-Cities, cherry farmers have lost some of their crop.
Helicopters flew over the orchards earlier this month to blow the water off the cherries, but still ten percent of the early cherries were lost. Some growers are reporting up to a fifty percent loss. It was mainly with the Chelan cherry variety that is the first to be harvested.
Cherry grower, Denny Hayden, says a few days ago growers were very concerned but now things are looking better.
"I think most growers you would talk to are feeling like we dodged a pretty big bullet. We're expecting a pretty nice harvest, good volume, excellent quality," says Hayden.
Cherry harvesting just started and will reach it's peak time around June 26th in the Tri-Cities. For the Yakima area the peak is in mid-July.
The Chelan variety that saw losses is about three percent of the total harvest. Next up for harvest is Bing cherries this weekend.