USDA: Tart Cherry Crop Thriving in Michigan

The USDA says this year’s tart cherry crop is thriving in Michigan, but that may not be the best news for farmers.

The department says the cherry production in the state is already up 60 percent compared to last year’s June cherry production forecast.

They say this is in large part because of high temperatures in May that allowed a quick bloom, and no damaging weather after that.

Tart cherries aren’t the only cherry crops thriving, the USDA says sweet cherry harvest is expected to increase 27 percent compared to June 2017.

That means farmers need more hands to pick the cherries, and they could see more waste.

Wednesday night on 9&10 News at 6, hear about the impact this is having on local farmers.