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Freeze 2012: Is it profitable to harvest tart cherries?


June 18, 2012
By Michigan State University Extension

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June 15, 2012 – The frost damage in 2012 will result in extremely low tart cherry yields that most growers have not experienced since 2002. Some growers with portions of blocks with a partial fruit crop are thinking under what circumstances it would be advantageous to harvest. The standard rule is “harvest only if the added returns from harvesting exceed the relevant additional costs associated with harvesting.”

The sooner a decision is made on whether or not to harvest, the greater the potential savings. This analysis was assembled to help growers analyze the most profitable strategy for each orchard situation. Given the lack of uniformity of freeze impacts across blocks, we have organized the discussion on a per tree basis instead of per block basis. READ MORE

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