The NWCG’s preliminary crop estimate projects 19.9m (9kg equivalents) cartons will be sold this year. This would mark a significant increase on the 13.3m cartons packed in 2022.
The northwestern US cherry association stated: “Cherries in the early and mid-season districts appear to have set a nice crop. This was the expectation and the hope, and as of today (17 May), the crop is developing beautifully. Late-season growers also expect to have a moderate to average crop in 2023. This year’s bloom timing was a full 14 to 20 days behind our 2022 bloom pattern. The recent uptick in temperatures across the Northwest has resulted in full bloom in all but the very latest orchards.”