Northwest cherry harvest smallest in 14 years due to cold

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Pacific Northwest cherry crop this year is the smallest in 14 years at least in part because of a spring snowstorm.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the crop was 80,000 tons short.

Oregon and Washington experienced a severe winter storm on April 14, during the region’s cherry blossom bloom.

According to B.J. Thurlby, the president of both the Washington State Fruit Commission and Northwest Cherries, a snow event during the cherry bloom has not happened before. He said the crop is the smallest since 2008.


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