Northwest Cherry Growers Continues Focus On New Markets, Expansion

Thanks to the pandemic, record heat and drought the last two years have been challenging for many growers across the Pacific Northwest. Add on top of that the bottlenecks we’ve seen at the west coast ports, making it more challenging to ship products. But one sector that hasn’t seen the big hit from the port […]

Thurlby: Growers Will Be Back With Great Fruit After Challenging 2021

When looking back on 2021, one of the most discussed topics was the record heat the Pacific Northwest saw in late June. The area saw temperatures well into the 110’s, but making matters worse for the cherry industry was the fact the heat came during the heart of harvest. B.J. Thurlby, president of Northwest Cherry […]

2021 Cherry Harvest Closes In On 14 Million Boxes Shipped

As the 2021 cherry harvest continues, the news is both good and not so good. To date nearly 13,767,157 20-pound boxes have been picked and shipped, and it looks like the supply will meet the demand of late July promotions. However, the impact of the late June heat is really starting to impact numbers. According […]

Over 11M Boxes Of Cherries Have Been Shipped

Despite a rollercoaster of a year, the cherry harvest continues to progress for Northwest growers. As of Wednesday, 11,311,597 20-pound boxes have been shipped. According to Cherry Growers Northwest, the industry has shipped an average of 420,000 boxes per day for the past week to points around the world. The solid numbers are encouraging during […]

Focus On Fruit for 07/01/21

B.J. Thurlby has advice for growers looking to slow down the impact of Little Cherry Disease across the Northwest. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Northwest Cherry Harvest Starts To Pick Up Steam

After a fairly slow start thanks to cooler temperatures, the rate of the cherry harvest is starting to increase. According to Northwest Cherry Growers, 1.9 million boxes have been shipped. Quality and color remain “exceptional”, but sizing has been a challenge for some growers. The anticipation is the harvest volume will continue to increase in […]

Large California Crop Not Negatively Impacting Northwest Cherry Growers

Cherry harvest continues across the Northwest, but because of the cooler weather over the past week, numbers have slowed a bit. B.J. Thurlby, President of Northwest Cherry Growers, says currently roughly 200,000 boxes are being shipped per day, but he expects that number to increase to 400,000 as hot weather returns to the area. He […]

Cool Weather Slows Northwest Cherry Harvest

Cherry harvest is well under way across the Northwest, and soon consumers will see the 2021 crop on their local store shelves. The cooler weather and isolated showers the region saw in late May delayed the first pick for many of the early growers across the Northwest. And ongoing unsettled weather has kept the pace […]

Cherry Crop Estimate Remains Unchanged

The third projection of the 2021 cherry crop looks very similar to the second projection. According to Northwest Cherry Growers, the estimated 2021 crop remains effectively unchanged at 223,700 tons. If that figure holds, this season would be about 17.7% larger than last year’s crop, but 5.7% smaller from 2019’s crop. Even though the net […]

Focus On Fruit for 06/03/21

In today’s Focus On Fruit, BJ Thurlby President of Northwest Cherry Growers discusses how they plan to market in southeast Asia. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]