The tart cherry crop in northern Michigan this year will be a little bigger than half of an average crop, according to official estimates released last week.
If the estimate is correct, the sale of cherries will be restricted again.
Cherry growers restrict the sale of tart cherries to keep the supply in balance with demand.
According to the estimates for this year about a third of the crop will be restricted. That fruit can still be sold, but only in special markets like foreign exports.
Occasionally, cherries are left in the orchards because of restrictions. Last year more than 30 million pounds of tart cherries were destroyed.