Recent showers have been bad news for some cherry growers in central Washington.

Recent showers have been bad news for some cherry growers in central Washington.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/12kaBHT) growers have been trying to prevent wet cherries from splitting by drying them with wind turbines, air sprayers and hiring helicopters to fly over their orchards.

One copter crashed Monday while drying trees in Grant County and the sheriff’s office says the pilot was taken to a hospital with a back injury.

The amount of crop damage depends on a variety of factors and the loss won’t be determined for a while. But the president of the Northwest Cherry Growers, B.J. Thurlby, estimates about 25 percent of the Bing cherry crop has been lost.

Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com