For Northern Wisconsin Farms, the low September temperatures could mean an early start to cranberry season. As the state's agriculture industry struggled with a summer of ups and downs, cranberries could prove consistent.
Lindsay Meissner teaches the cranberry science class at Pittsville High School. She explains: “This time of year, colder night temperatures start the fruit turning process. We only harvest them in water. A cranberry is a plant and its root systems like to be able to breathe.”
Fifield cranberries LLC plans to fill fields in late September this year. The farm is 200 acres and the manager said they hope to get 200-250 barrels per acre, that's at least 40,000 barrels of berries this fall.