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A slice of blueberry pie may be easier to find on the menu this fall than a slice of apple or cherry pie.
Thanks to devastating frosts that hit Michigan orchards this spring, many apple and cherry growers may not even attempt to harvest the meager crop that survived, fruit processors were told
. “What goes for the tarts pretty much goes for the sweets,” he noted.
The tart cherry crop in Southwest Michigan is expected to be 5,000 bushels, a drastic reduction from last year's 152,000 bushels, according to the Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Association, which released the processors' report.
Michigan apple growers' harvest this year is expected to be less than 10 percent of last year's harvest, the Michigan Processing Apple Growers reported this week.