4/18/2011 Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

The California Cherry Advisory Board says the Valley's cherry crop looks to be five to seven days late because of a cool spring. Picking is expected to start about May 1st, peak in early June and finish at the end of the month.

California has averaged over 8.5-million, 18-pound boxes of cherries the last three years.

Avocado growers are preparing now for Cinco De Mayo.

The California Avocado Commission estimates Americans will eat more than 70-million pounds of the fruit for Cinco De Mayo this year. Farmers say their harvest appears smaller than last season's crop, but that ample supplies will be available for the holiday.

California farms grow three-quarters of the avocados produced in the United States. Half of the state's crop comes from San Diego County.

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