WisBusiness: State’s tart cherry crop failing


Wisconsin’s tart cherry crop will be drastically reduced this year. And up in Door County, growers say they may harvest no crop at all because a drought and cold winter greatly weakened their trees.

The crop is expected to come in at 200,000 pounds, a stunning drop from the 10.4 million-pound harvest in 2007, according to the Wisconsin office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The huge tart cherry crop last summer stressed many trees and hurt bud development, while a big temperature swing in late January from the low-40s to below zero within several hours also damaged many trees.