A big dip in California production should push U.S. sweet cherry production down 2% in 2014.
About 326,240 tons are expected to be produced this year, down from 331,520 tons last year, according to a June 25 estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
In California, volumes fell from 82,000 tons last year to 30,000 tons this year. A warm and dry winter in the Golden State reduced chilling hours, and poor pollination resulted in poor sets and record-low yields.
Production in industry leader Washington, however, should increase, from 169,000 tons in 2013 to 200,000 tons this year.
Oregon production should rise from 52,000 tons to 65,000 tons, and Michigan production from 22,900 tons to 25,800 tons.
Both Washington and Oregon report excellent growing weather, an excellent bloom and good pollination levels.
Michigan is running late due to a cold start to spring, and yields were highly variable.