Cold spring means lighter cherry and peach crop

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The same factors that produced a later and lighter cherry crop are affecting many Yakima Valley peach growers as well. Cold spring weather, a late April frost and their impact on pollination has delayed the peach harvesting season. It’s usually at its peak by now but the volume is down. James Michael, vice president of marketing-North America for the Washington State Fruit Commission says besides the cold and frost, growers had a long, extended cool period that pushed everything back, including the peaches. The consensus among peach growers is that there is about half of a crop this season.