I kept holding off on the spray and then finally sprayed on Sunday night at about 9 P.M. The JB's were just lousy. I think Friday morning we'll start picking again. Zero rain/heat crack issues to date.
As an aside, knowing I would be in limbo for awhile as far as harvesting goes, I'd put gallon bags full in the refrigerator with the idea that I'd pit and freeze then during the interim. Well, life happens - out of state relation come by, grand kids last BB game, needing to get the grade-work finished up round my building so I can return the skid loader, etc.
So....., last night after company left at 10:30 I got out a gallon and commenced pitting. The cherries were as if they were just picked. This morning I pulled out another gallon bag and again - no noticeable degrading of the fruit in any way. There were a couple that I noticed maybe a slight flat spot that was I assume from the weight of other cherries on it, but even that was near undetectable.
I believe this firm, more meaty cherry holds up under refrigeration better than any of the four tart cherries I've had here. I know my Early Richmond (and Monty) are generally so juicy that after a day or so the pits begin to darken the surrounding meat, and water spots on the skins are often hard to distinguish from early stage brown rot spots, making pitting in preparation for freezing a much more time consuming endeavor for anyone the least little bit anal about blemish-free cherries.
So the impressive take-away form me is that some of these gallon bags of cherries were harvested Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun. So some of these were 5-6 days in the refrigerator and in fact I'll pit and freeze the last gallon of those this evening.
Up to now we've taken 20 gallons off the CJ's and only 3 from the ER. I imagine if the fruit on the bushes hold up they're will be maybe another 15-20 gallons that will be picked, but it's really hard to guess. Seems like a lot on there yet. I know we hardly picked off of two bushes since they were not nearly ripe compared to the other three.
I'm going to make a batch of CJ jam this afternoon...