Early cherry blooms promise good Washington crop

QUINCY, Wash. (AP) -- The cherry trees are still in bloom but growers say the 2014 crop in Washington looks promising.

Dan Kelly of the Washington Growers Clearinghouse in Wenatchee says weather has been cooperating. The bloom is nearly a week ahead of usual.

The first cherries should be picked in early June. Growers hope the harvest will last three months, which would give them better sales than with a crop that ripens all at once.

Cherries are grown from the Tri-Cities to Omak and the harvest starts in the south and moves north.