50% fewer cherries this year

Split Cherries

The rain may be helping to prevent wildfires but it's hurting the cherry crop in the Okanagan Valley.

Sukhpaul Bal, President of The BC Cherry Association claims that over 50 per cent of their crop are split.

He explained that the earlier varieties, the ones that are more mature, have lots more sugar in them and are quite susceptible to cracking.

“The cherry tries to absorb that water and if there`s too much sure and water already in the fruit then the skin stretches too much and then it ends up tearing,” said Bal.

To combat the rain, helicopters fly above the orchards, generating wind to shake the trees and push the water to the ground.

Due to the lack of supply, he says buyers can expect a bump up in the price.

The Kelowna North district is scheduled to harvest in 7 to 10 days.