THE DALLES, Ore. – Many people may be looking forward to fresh cherries this summer, but June’s rainy weather has ruined millions of dollars worth of cherry crops in Oregon.
Orchard View Farms in The Dalles, one of the largest cherry growers in the state, said its farmers woke up to a devastating find Tuesday morning.
Acres of Bing cherries were damaged due to soaking rains on Monday. Growers scrambled to save their crops. Some even brought in helicopters to dry out the fruit.
“It’s up to 20 to 25 percent cracking at this point, and since we still have rain coming we have not seen the end of the cracking,” said Brenda Thomas of Orchard View Farms.
Thomas says the farm will likely lose 25 percent of its cherry crop.
There is good news, at least for consumers. The cherries that were saved will be sold quickly to avoid spoilage, which should cause cherry prices to drop in time for the 4th of July.
KGW Reporter Keely Chalmers contributed to this story.