(April 25) Back-to-back storms that hit California April 20-22 will have minimal effect on the early cherry harvest.

Rich Sambado, domestic sales manager for Primavera Marketing Inc., Stockton, Calif., said damage was limited to the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley.

“The rain got to some of the brooks cherries in Kern County,” Sambado said, “but it had no effect on the crops in the northern region.”

Sambado said the cherry crops from Tulare County north were too immature to suffer rain damage.

Maurice Cameron, export sales manager for Trinity Fruit Sales Co., Fresno, Calif., said there was spotty damage in the southern region orchards.

“I found damage in some orchards,” Cameron said, “but just a couple of miles away in another orchard I found absolutely no damage.”

Cameron said he would estimate damage to the brooks cherries at 10%. However, he said the variety makes up a small portion of the California cherry volume.

Most California cherries escape rain damage
Rich Sambado, domestic sales manager for Primavera Marketing Inc., Stockton, Calif., takes a look at some of the firm's early season cherries.