Grower: Door County cherry crop has all but failed

Crops could stay in county for locals and tourists

Door County in northeastern Wisconsin 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 said this is the worst year he’s ever experienced, and his family has grown cherries all his life.

He told WLUK-TV the 2012 cherry crop in Door County has all but failed. He said the county would normally produce 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 said they’ll try to keep their crop in the county this year, for tourists and locals to enjoy. Prices will be higher.