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Big California cherry crop

It is a record for the 2007 California sweet cherry crop, according to USDA/NASS California field office.

The forecast is a record high 92,000 tons, up 119 percent from the 2006 crop.

Bearing acreage is estimated at 29,000 acres, resulting in a yield of 3.17 tons per acre.

Favorable spring weather with no extended rain has been excellent for California's sweet cherry crop. Cherries began blooming in the month of March as a result of above normal temperatures in some areas.

Harvesting began in early May with the Brooks and Tulare varieties.

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