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Recent downpours dampen local cherry harvest

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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2005 10:00 pm

Rain is taking a toll on crops of cherries in and around Lodi. Growers, packers and agriculture officials alike say the rain that has fallen in recent weeks is leading to lesser quantities of the fragile fruit.

The marketing of cherries relies heavily on the fruit having a near-flawless appearance. But as cherries ripen on the tree, they increasingly absorb moisture from rain and swell until their lustrous skins crack.

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