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Heavy rainfall brought many challenges for farmers
in our area.
But for some.
the rain *may* be an added benefit.
News 8's Sarah Thamer is here to explain...Sarah?
Fall is cranberry harvest season and unlike some crops.
cranberries actually thrive best when there is enough
water for the fruit to float on.
And with thanksgiving coming up next month.
growers are thankful for mother nature's efforts.
Scott Schultz of Warrens has been growing cranberries
for the last 33 years.
It's a good life.
That may have just gotten a little sweeter.
All this rain, being it's detrimental to some agriculture
crops, it's not really totally detrimental to us.
Because if anything, water is essential, when harvesting
They're generally not grown in water, but we keep
the water close to them, actually the only time they're
flooded in water is right now at harvest time or in
the winter time when we flood them up for the winter
More than 60 percent of cranberries are grown in Wisconsin.
And in the small town of Warrens, finding which ones
are good and bad, comes from an old tradition.
When they mechanically clean them, they run them on
a bouncer and they bounce them five or six or seven
times and if they make it past the bounce test, then
they're good enough.
From honey bees for pollination, to fertlizing for
growth, harvesting cranberries is no easy job, But
as with anything, growers, get better with time.
We're using less fertilizer than we ever have, we're
using less water than had, we don't sprinkle as much,
we're learning more about the plant and that all in
turn makes a little better cranberry growers.
And with 21,000 acres of cranberries in the state,
the fruit holds a special meaning for those who grow
The best part is just the feeling of accomplishment
for us and it's actually kind of a comrodary, when
I'm up on top of that berry bump, I can see neighbors
that I have known since the day I've been born and
since the day they've been born.
There are curerntly 4,000 employees representing Ocean
Spray in Warrens, Wisconsin.
And many of the equipment they use for the cranberries
is actually built in the town.
Where do they take the cranberries after they harvest
They take them to Tomah where they are then cleaned
one more time and used for cranberry juice, dried
fruits and more.