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Warmer than average March could impact cherry crop

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Cherry crop

Cherry crop

DOOR COUNTY — Door County is known for its cherries, but with a warmer than average March, the crop may be in jeopardy.

Cherry trees normally blossom in May, but the trees are already budding.

Recently, temperatures overnight have dropped into the mid to low 20s, damaging the fruit buds.

So far, growers are pretty pessimistic about the crop, but they’re not giving up just yet.

“I would say that a month from now, we’re going to know how bad this could be, but right now it’s not very good,” Terry Sorenson with the Cherry Grower’s Association said.

Growers say no matter what, there will be fruit. If they lose this crop, that will mean cherry shortages and higher prices passed on to the consumer.

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