Domex Superfresh Growers' Dave Gleason Discusses Washington Temperatures and Cherries for June
- by Jordan Okumura
YAKIMA, WA – As June comes to a close, the industry prepares to step into the full swing of summer. This seasonal shift has found Domex Superfresh Growers halfway through its cherry season, as outlined in its June Orchard Update.
“Cherries are great this year, the cool weather has a different effect,” says Dave, as he discusses the state of crops following the first day of summer this past week. “Last year we had a very hot summer, and that tended to compress the maturity of the fruit. We make a lot of plans based on when full bloom happens.”
Dave says that with the summer sunlight, Washington orchards are now seeing around 16 hours of sunlight a day. This sunny extension is not only good for growers, but also lets the fruit mature with lots of sugar and more color.
“This year we’ve got some of the largest fruit that we’ve seen. It’s an excellent year for large fruit, and sweet, tasty cherries,” continues Dave.
For more information on the weather’s influence on the bountiful harvest of Washington cherries, check out the update directly from Dave in the above video.
As cherry season continues to move through the summer holidays, stay with AndNowUKnow as we keep an eye on weather, quality, and quantity in the industry.