Wisconsin cranberry & tart cherry production declines

Although Wisconsin apple growers had a productive year in 2017, cranberry and tart cherry producers faced more challenges. Recent data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service found apple production increased almost 20 percent in the state between 2016 and 2017. But Wisconsin produced 12 percent less barrels of cranberries last year than in 2016. The state's tart cherries also saw a 17 percent decline.

Amaya Atucha, a fruit crop specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Extension, claims production levels dropped due to a 2016 spring frost. Atucha says the 2017 spring weather at least helped apple growers recover, producing 49 million pounds of apples. She says production could continue to rise this year.

Source: wsaw.com

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