Content by Lynn Long
The U.S. Pacific Northwest is the most important sweet cherry production region in North America, however, as recently as the early 1990's fresh cherry production consisted primarily of one variety, 'Bing'. In recent years there has been increased interest in new varieties.
Fruit cracking in sweet cherries can have a severe economic impact in the Pacific Northwest, even with new optical sorters. This publication helps growers understand the causes of cracking and describes cultural practices that can minimize cracking.
Fruit characteristics of sweet cherry cultivars and selections under evaluation in The Dalles at the Cemetery Block. All data was evaluated from 25 samples of each cultivar.
With the commercial acceptance of precocious, size controlling rootstocks and productive self-fertile varieties, cherry production took a giant step forward. Rootstocks such as Gisela 5, 6, 12, Weiroot 158, Maxma 14 and most recently...