Fresh cranberries could be in short supply after bad Wisconsin growing season

The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association said farmers in the state, which produces more cranberries than any other state, were hit with bad weather this year. Most farmers attributed the combination of a warm April, causing the perennial cranberry fruit to bloom, and then a hard frost in May, as the biggest issue this tough growing year.

Cranberry farmers across the state have dealt with different weather problems. Cranberry growers in Wisconsin yield an annual average of 5.5 million barrels, each barrel weighing 100 pounds. Official numbers will not be out until February, but it is estimated that Wisconsin cranberry growers produced about 4.5 million barrels this growing season.

Bad growing seasons affect fresh fruit the most because damaged cranberries can be used for juices or sauces. Wisconsin cranberry growers have produced less than 5 million barrels each year since 2019 according to the USDA Department of Agriculture, but farmers say it’s too soon to call it a down trend.


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