OLYMPIA, Wash. — United States sweet cherry total production for 2022 is forecast at 275,000 tons, down 27 percent from 2021. In Washington, the largest producing state, severe cold weather in winter and spring reduced pollination and fruit set. In California, most trees received adequate chilling hours; however, frosts in February and March damaged the crop in some areas. In Oregon, cold winter with high rainfall and low temperatures reduced fruit set for the 2022 crop. A late spring storm slowed pollination with some growers reporting damage to blossoms.
— USDA NASS