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Cherry-shaking season in Michigan

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 17:15:18-04

LANSING, Mich. — Cherry-shaking season is here in Michigan and that means cherries throughout the northern part of the state are ripe and ready to be picked off the tree.

During this time, a machine shakes the cherries off of each tree and the process lasts about a minute.

Shaking season runs through the first week of August.

Growers say its crucial in determining how successful the crop will be.

"It's always stressful, because a little storm comes in and you could lose the whole crop so until the cherries get off, it has your undivided attention I can tell you. We want to get them done and get it in when they have good quality," Sandy Rennie, of Rennie Orchards, said.

The summer's rainy weather delayed cherry season by about two weeks across northern Michigan. The heat and humidity aren't helping either.

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