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State Cherry Production Rebounded in 2013
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/18/2014

Wisconsin's tart cherry output made up for lost ground during the past year after dropping substantially in 2012 because of a hard frost that occurred in the spring. According to new figures from the USDA's National Ag Statistics Service, growers in the Badger State reported that the harvest got underway in July, with most reporting better yields than the year before.

Total production in 2013 was 12.4 million pounds on about 1,900 acres in Wisconsin. Only 1.7 million pounds were harvested in 2012 on 1,600 acres. Yields were also up six-fold last year at 6,500 pounds per acre.

National tart cherry production was at 294 million pounds, up 245 percent from the 2012 freeze reduced crop.

Michigan growers say their overall crop volume was reported as exceeding expectations, with fruit quality reported to range from good to excellent. In spite of bloom time frosts, fruit maturity was relatively uniform.

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