Biden told of ‘rough year’ during cherry farm tour in Antrim County

Traverse Town — President Joe Biden acquired Saturday that many Michigan cherry farmers are obtaining a tough time simply because of unstable climate immediately after he frequented  a cherry farm in Antrim County.

The president designed a roughly 4-hour trip to northern Michigan, exactly where he toured King Orchards and purchased cherry sodas and a selection of fruit pies. He also produced an unscheduled halt at a Traverse City ice product parlor, in which he acquired an ice product cone and mingled with patrons.

The 1st quit was the cherry farm. Juliette King McAvoy, daughter of King Orchards co-owner John King, told Biden, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Lansing and Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township about the drought and latest hefty rains that have damaged the cherry crop.

President Joe Biden poses for a photo after touring King Orchards fruit farm Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Central Lake, Michigan.

At one level, Biden requested about the differences in between two forms of cherry trees in the orchard.

King McAvoy instructed him that the trees would usually be “laden with fruit,” but some of the branches arrived down.

“It is been a rough yr,” she reported, including that farmers definitely will not know how to deal with the unstable weather conditions.

Michigan’s tart cherry crop for this time is believed to be 65.6 million lbs ., a 5% fall from the 69.3 million lbs harvested in 2020, according to the U.S. Section of Agriculture. But both of those many years marked a two-thirds fall from the 201 million pounds harvested in 2018 and a lesser but significant decline from the 170 lbs in 2019.

President Joe Biden on Saturday visited King Orchards in Central Lake, Michigan, where he got a tour of the cherry farm and met some of the pickers.

Michigan is the dominant point out in the place for developing tart cherries.

The state’s heat April led to a devastating early bloom when a times-lengthy polar trough in May froze buds and retained bees from pollinating. Tart cherries took the biggest hit. They have been already down about two-thirds, the worst of new consecutively poor many years, explained Nikki Rothwell, coordinator of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Exploration Centre, 10 miles north of Traverse Town on Leelanau Peninsula.  

Linda W. Davis

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