The USDA has estimated the U.S. national cranberry crop for 2023 at 7.62 million barrels, down 5% from the 2022 crop year. In Wisconsin, the largest growing state, the USDA forecast production at 4.6 million barrels, down 5% from last year. Production in Massachusetts, forecast at 2 million barrels, is down 12% from last year, the USDA said.
In Wisconsin and Massachusetts, the winter freeze and early snow affected plant dormancy and froze out buds, the release said. In the spring and early summer months, numerous frosts and hailstorms occurred during the growing season.