Cherry prices could rise this summer due to cold, wet pollinating season

Snow during the pollination period may reduce Washington’s cherry crop.

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — The cold, wet spring may have been annoying, but for Mark Hanrahan, it could be costly.

The Yakima Valley grower said record-cold temperatures in April will likely cut his usual cherry crop in half, but he said it could be worse if more storms hit the northwest in late May or June.

“Money does grow on trees,” said Hanrahan, who said it was too cold for bees to naturally pollinate his cherry and pear trees. He tried mechanical pollination for some of his trees.

His Tieton cherry trees

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