Tom Lochner is with the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association. “So far, it looks like it’s going to be an average-size crop for the state, about 520 million pounds of fruit, which is up from last year’s crop, and actually, the last three years so we’ve seen a pretty good recovery in the crop over the last twelve months.”
According to Lochner, the weather has been rough on the cranberry bogs for a couple of years. “We had an unusual growing season in 2021 with the real early spring and then a cold snap that came after some extremely hot temperatures, which had an impact on the vines. We also think there were some things that happened in the fall of 2020 that impacted the 2021 crop, too.”
Wisconsin is the largest cranberry-producing state growing and harvesting more than 63 percent of the nation’s supply and more than 50 percent of the world’s supply.