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Growers struggle with Door Co. cherry crop


FISH CREEK, Wis. (WKOW) -- Door County ranks among the country's top cherry producers, but this year's crop could be the pits.

Bob Lautenbach of Lautenbach's Orchard in Fish Creek says this is the worst year he's ever experienced in Northern Wisconsin.

The 2012 cherry crop in Door County has all but failed. The county normally produces about 8 to 10 million pounds, but this year the prediction is about half a million pounds.

That's because the warm March woke up the trees early, but several nights of frost then killed off the buds.

Door County growers say they'll try to keep their crop in the county this year, for tourists and locals to enjoy. Prices will be higher.

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