OLYMPIA, Wash. — United States Sweet cherry total production for 2021 is forecast at 369,000 tons, up 14 percent from 2020. In California, most trees received adequate chilling hours, despite an unusually warm winter. The weather during the bloom was favorable, though the bloom was earlier than normal in some locations. In Oregon, a relatively warm spring and low precipitation have weighed heavily on cherry growers. In Washington, several cold periods through the growing season forced growers to use smudge pots and other techniques to combat cold and winds in cherry orchards.
— USDA NASS
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