This year's cherry crop from the U.S. Northwest will be smaller than last year's, with producers shipping an estimated 18 million 20-pound boxes compared to a record 23 million last year, after blustery weather hit early in the bloom period. While harvests will be smaller, the individual cherries will be bigger than they were last year, growers said. "Quality will be off the charts," said B.J. Thurlby, president of Northwest Cherry Growers and the Washington State Fruit Commission.

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