Eastern Washington cherry harvest 2 weeks late

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- After delays caused by a cool, wet spring, the cherry harvest is under way in Eastern Washington.

Growers hope to have some cherries in markets for the Fourth of July weekend.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the cherry harvest in the Yakima Valley is about two weeks later than normal.

The director of the Northwest Cherry Growers Association, B.J. Thurlby, says growers typically have 5 million to 7 million boxes picked by the end of June. This year they'll have 2 million, at most.

Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah ship about 14 million boxes each season. Washington accounts for about 80 percent of the total.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com