Cold delays Oregon cherries, berries

06/03/2009 02:02:10 PM
Andy Nelson

Blueberries should ship into October, but other berry varieties will likely wind down toward the end of July, Hurst said. The company will kick off a kiwiberry deal in October, he said.

In early June, Hurst was holding judgment on where blueberry markets might be at the beginning of the Oregon deal.

“Fresh has been doing good, but we’ll kind of wait and see,” he said. “It depends on too many things to make a prediction.”

On June 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $22-24.50 for flats of 12 1-pint cups of medium and large blueberries from California, down from $26-28.90 last year at the same time.

Hood River Cherry expects to ship a similar mix of bings, lapins, skeenas, rainiers and sweethearts this season, Fowler said.

On June 2, the USDA reported prices of $45-50 for 18-pound cartons of 9½-row size bings from California, comparable to last year at the same time.


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