Sweet Cherry Research
Join in the Summer Cherry Picking Festival on June 30. Take home free cherries!
Grab the family and head out to WSU-IAREC on Sunday, June 30 at 10:30 am for the first annual Summer Cherry Picking Festival. Kids will enjoy games at the picnic area while the adults go to the Roza orchard for a cherry picking contest. The event will conclude with a family BBQ for all at the picnic area.
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SCRI Project Goals:
This research project’s long-term goal is to improve the sustainability of the U.S. sweet cherry industry by developing a highly efficient, production, processing, and marketing system for fresh market quality sweet cherries.
Sweet cherry harvest is one of the most labor-intensive of all agricultural endeavors.
The hand harvest process for sweet cherries accounts for approximately 60% of annual production costs.
The adoption of a mechanical and/or mechanical assist harvest system for sweet cherries has the potential to revolutionize the sweet cherry industry with labor savings and improved fruit quality.
Research Team Partners:
This research project is funded by the 2009 NIFA
USDA Specialty Crop Research initiative, Project #2009-02559