Cranberry Crop Nearing Harvest
Massachusetts used to be the top cranberry producing state. About two decades ago Wisconsin over took Massachusetts and now the Badger state is poised for another record crop.
Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Executive Director Tom Lochner says this years cold spring and unusual summer weather didn't slow down production....
"....according to the U.S.D.A.'s Cranberry Marketing Committee, Wisconsin is expected to have about 4.9 million barrels of fruit. Which would be up about 5 percent from last year's crop and probably put us on pace to have a record crop...."
Wisconsin produces more than half of the nation's cranberries and leads the nation in production for the 19th year in a row.
He says the vines wintered well, then when the warmer weather hit this summer and early fall, the crop grew rapidly. He says what growers need now is cooler weather so the fruit will "color up". He says the harvest should be completed in the next three to four weeks.