The state’s cherry producers recently re-elected Lee Petrina of Sturgeon Bay and Curtis Wiltse of Sister Bay to serve on the Wisconsin Cherry Board, according to by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Both directors will serve three-year terms beginning July 1. The cherry board consists of five members elected by their peers to administer the state’s marketing order.
Wisconsin's tart cherry production is forecast to be at 200,000 pounds this year, a drop of 98 percent from last year and 96% below 2006 levels. According to state agriculture officials, cherry trees experienced a stressful summer during last year's dry weather, along with an early January warm spell and sudden freeze, which severely reduced fruit production.