by David Lester, Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2011 at 11:47AM EDT
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Shipments of cherries from the Northwest have surpassed 14 million boxes and should be close to preseason volume estimates when the season is over, according to an industry official.
B.J. Thurlby, president of the Washington State Fruit Commission and Northwest Cherry Growers, said the industry had projected a 2011 crop of about 16.8 million boxes earlier this spring.
Shipments should continue through most of August because of the late-ripening crop caused by cool spring weather.
Thurlby said the industry shipped a record 400,000 boxes on Monday, the largest one-day total ever for August.
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