Cranberry crop should fall 10% below prior year

08/18/2009 05:08:20 PM
Andy Nelson

U.S. cranberry production in 2009 is expected to be about 7 million barrels, down 10% from 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nevertheless, even with the anticipated decline, the 2009 crop still is slated to be the second-largest on record, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported in its annual Cranberries production summary.

Production is slated to be down in Wisconsin and Massachusetts, but up in New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

At an expected 4 million barrels, the Badger State crop would be down 11% from a year ago but still the second-biggest crop on record. In addition to bogs recovering from last year’s bumper crop, fruit is smaller due to a late spring and cool summer temperatures, according to the USDA.

Massachusetts growers are expected to produce about 1.9 million barrels in 2009, 20% less than in 2008. Winter sanding in bogs, combined with cooler temperatures and above average rainfall during the growing season, led to lighter yields.

New Jersey expects to produce about 540,000 barrels, 5% more than in 2008. Oregon growers are expecting a crop in the 490,000-barrel range, up 23% from last year. And Washington production is expected to surge 42% over last year, to 155,000 barrels.



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