Jan. 18 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

January's USDA California Crop Production Report forecasts the crop at 88 million cartons.

That's an 8 percent drop from last season's crop.

The report also mentions that despite freezing temperatures in December, there has been no serious frost damage.

Sizing appears to be running smaller than in previous years, but the USDA says the quality of the fruit is very good.

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Cherry farmers in the Pacific Northwest are celebrating a record-setting crop.

Growers say last year they produced the second largest cherry crop ever recorded.

The 18 million boxes of cherries produced are only 2-million shy of the 2009 crop.

Cherry growers say the cool spring weather helped extend the harvest season well into August last year.

The higher production is increasing demand from China and Brazil, and the demand is raising cherry prices. .

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