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Most of tart cherry crop is lost


The federal government estimates Wisconsin has lost 93% of this season's tart cherry crop.

Agriculture officials say the drought is not to blame, but the warm weather we had in March. That led to early cherry buds, before a freeze in April killed most of the blossoms.

Tart cherries are different from the sweet cherries sold in grocery stores and at farmers markets.
The tart ones are dried or canned, and used in things like pies, granola and trail mix.

The estimate for Michigan, the nation's leading producer of tart cherries, is just as bad as the one for Wisconsin.

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