Sweet Cherry Research
Cherry Field Day
Thursday, June 6, 2013 WSU-IAREC Cherry Field Day in Prosser, WA
Friday, June 7, 2013 OSU Pre-Harvest Orchard Tour in The Dalles, OR
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