Wisconsin cranberries

Cranberry Research Center Established

May 16, 2017
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Wisconsin surpassed Massachusetts two decades ago as the nation's top cranberry producer. Now, the state is about to get its first major research facility aimed at improving cranberry growing practices and yields.

The Wisconsin Cranberry Research and Education Foundation says it will buy 155 acres in Jackson County, about ten miles south of Black River Falls, for a research station. It's due to open late next year at a cost of one-point-five million dollars -- half with private money and the rest mainly from U-S-D-A funding.


Wisconsin cranberry producers set another record in 2013 but an industry spokesperson says that many cranberries in the market puts financial pressure on growers.

Wisconsin growers produced more than 6 million barrels of cranberries last year to once again lead the nation. Tom Lochner from the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association says the record production last year reflects producers investments...

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....