KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The cherry harvest in Montana’s Flathead Valley is expected to occur in about a month.
The Daily Interlake reports that an official from a regional growers cooperative says the harvest is expected to be close to the same size as last year.
Flathead Lake Cherry Growers President Bruce Johnson expects a harvest of about 2 million pounds (0.91 million kilograms).
Johnson says there was a small amount of crop damage in the Polson and Finley Point orchards due to unseasonably cold weather in early March.
He estimated the damages affected less than 10% percent of the overall crop.
Johnson says last year’s harvest by the cooperative of about 70 member growers was just over 2 million pounds, although that figure does not include non-members who operate private cherry orchards.