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[nafex] Cherry Harvest

We have four Montmorency sour cherry trees at the research farm where I 
work which I would like to utilize in winemaking.  My question regards the 
harvest of their fruit.  The cherries are bright red in color now, quite 
soft, and particluarly sweet (for a sour cherry). The birds, however, 
haven't touched them, and this was my original indicator for peak 
ripeness.  Furthermore, the stems do not easily separate from the 
tree.  Are these fruit too early to harvest?  What indicators should I use 
to determine the picking date??
Thanks in advance,
Terry B

Terence Bradshaw			Pomona Tree Fruit Service
93 Stowe St				PO Box 258, Chelsea, VT 05038
Waterbury, VT 05676			madshaw@quest-net.com
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