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Wisconsin's Cranberry Harvest Projected to be Less Than '16
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/11/2017

Cranberry growers in the Badger State are expected to have another bountiful harvest this fall, although it will be less than last year when average yields reached an all-time high.

The USDA has released its latest forecast for the 2017 cranberry crop and it shows that Wisconsin's producers are projected to rake in 5.6 million barrels of the tart fruit, down nine percent from the 2016 crop.

The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association says producers will begin harvesting their crop in late September and continue through much of October. Approximately five percent of the state's cranberries will be sold as fresh fruit, with the remainder being frozen and stored for dried cranberries, juices, sauces and more.

"Wisconsin is a leader in cranberry growing and we are proud of our hardworking growers and their many contributions," said WSCGA Director Tom Lochner. "The Wisconsin cranberry industry is a major economic driver that supplies thousands of jobs and brings in a total value of nearly $1 billion each year. However, the oversupply is a challenge for our growers. With the commodity price for cranberries well below the cost of production, many growers in Wisconsin and across the country are experiencing low returns and financial difficulties."

Nationally, about 9.05 million barrels are forecast to be harvested, down six percent from 2016. In Massachusetts, growers will harvest less than half of Wisconsin's total production at 2.2 million barrels. Washington producers expect 2017 to be a good year due to favorable weather conditions.

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