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The 2019 U.S. cranberry crop is up 1% compared to 2018, according to a new crop forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

U.S. total cranberry production is forecast at 9.04 million (100-pound) barrels, up 1% from 8.93 million barrels in 2018, according to the forecast.

In Wisconsin, a cold, wet spring put the crop one to two weeks behind normal, but warmer temperatures in July helped the crop catch up, according to the report. Wisconsin is the top state for cranberry production, with 2019 output forecast at 5.6 million barrels, up about 1% from a year ago.

In Massachusetts, the report said some growers reported excessive moisture but production was pegged slightly above 2018. Massachusetts is the second ranked producer of cranberries, according to the USDA, with 2019 output of 2.3 million barrels,  compared with 2.29 million barrels a year ago.

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