Cherry harvest http://kplu.org en Dreary June forecast has Northwest cherry farmers a bit worried http://kplu.org/post/dreary-june-forecast-has-northwest-cherry-farmers-bit-worried RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest cherry harvest is set to begin next week, but farmers are a bit glum. That’s because the National Weather Service says this month’s temperatures will be near or below average across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.<p>Cool weather and rain can delay ripening and compress the cherry growing season. That means that markets have less time to sell the perishable fruit. Plus, farmers may have a harder time recruiting enough labor in a shortened season.<p>And there’s another problem according to the Washington Fruit Commission's B.J. Thurlby. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 22:38:45 +0000 5186 at http://kplu.org Dreary June forecast has Northwest cherry farmers a bit worried Helicopter used to dry cherries crashes and burns, pilot killed http://kplu.org/post/helicopter-used-dry-cherries-crashes-and-burns-pilot-killed <p>WENATCHEE, Wash. &mdash; Chelan County sheriff&#39;s officers say a helicopter flying low to dry cherries in a northcentral Washington orchard hit power lines, crashed and burned, killing the pilot.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 02:10:17 +0000 The Associated Press 2170 at http://kplu.org Late Northwest cherry season begins http://kplu.org/post/late-northwest-cherry-season-begins <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; The cherries are finally ready for harvest in the Northwestern U.S. A cold spring means that this is the latest cherry season anyone can remember. The Northwest News Network&rsquo;s Anna King has this audio postcard from one of the largest fruit orchards in the world. (Watch the story inside)</p><p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 05:24:40 +0000 KPLU 2055 at http://kplu.org Late Northwest cherry season begins