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Delayed spring could benefit fruit growers

Fruit development has been slow for cherry growers in Michigan and one industry leader says that’s not a bad thing.

“Typically, if we have late bloom we tend to have a decent-sized crop.”

Cherry Industry Administrative Board Executive Director Heather Weber tells Brownfield the likely event of any frost or freeze damage is minimal at this point, but pollination is still reliant on the weather and bees.

“Unfortunately, time will tell,” she says.  “We have no control over the weather, we have no control over the pollination or control over storms later in the season.”

The board will release its expected production outlook for the U.S. tart cherry industry in mid-June.

Weber started her new role in April after more than 20 years with the organization.

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