New Zealand cherry crop weathers rain
Higher-than-usual cherry production in New Zealand’s Otago region spared growers there from heavy losses due to rain, the Otago Daily Times reported.
The region, close to the southern end of the country’s South Island, received nearly 2 inches of rain Dec. 27 and 28 at the height of the harvest, the website said.
Summerfruit New Zealand Chairman Gary Bennetts was quoted as saying that he expected the area to produce 3,000 tons of fruit, and that the estimate may be revised downward to 2,500 tons.
''There's damage and there's going to be some losses but there's still a good crop there and we're really excited about it,” he is quoted as saying.
Later varieties of cherries may have survived the rain better, keeping the voluminous pace of the season, the website said.