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Good cherry season for consumers, not so much for growers
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Good cherry season for consumers, not so much for growers
The Northwest cherry industry has set a new record of 536,000 boxes per day of cherries shipped in the first 20 days of July and may pass 25 million boxes for the season. Prices and grower returns are low.

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