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Helicopters Used On California Cherry Orchards

Wet weather is never good for cherries. The rain and wind can cause the cherries to split or crack and then that part of the crop is lost.  The cherries dangle together in groups of 2 to 6 pieces of fruit and the wind can cause them to bang up against each other, causing bruising on the shoulders of the fruit, the area near the stem. Rain earlier this week down in the Stockton area caused big concerns among growers as they are about to harvest their first California cherries of the season.

One of the methods used to dry out the cherries is to hire a helicopter after the rain to blow air on the cherries, taking about 5 minutes for every acre.  This is a very expensive option and can cost up to $500 an hour. Some growers used helicopters this past Tuesday to dry out their orchards in Stockton.  We can look forward to receiving Chelan cherries as early as next Monday or Tuesday. Chelans are an early ripening sweet cherry similar to Bings in deep red color and shape. Check back for postings and photos as soon as the Chelans arrive at Earl’s.

 

Chelan Cherry Tree

Chelan Cherry Tree

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