WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WKBT) - For 25 years, Wisconsin cranberry growers have led the nation in production.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released projections this week reporting that Wisconsin growers will harvest an estimated 5.6 million barrels of fruit this fall.
"More than half the entire world's supply of cranberries are grown on Wisconsin family farms,
generating $1 billion in state economic impact and providing thousands of local jobs," said Tom Lochner, executive director of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association (WSCGA). "We are proud of our role in providing a locally-grown, healthy product to millions of consumers here in Wisconsin and around the world."
NASS, which bases its estimates on grower surveys nationwide, also made crop projections for other
top cranberry producing states. Those projections are: Massachusetts at approximately 2.3 million barrels, New Jersey at 570,000 barrels and Oregon at 570,000 barrels.
Cranberries are grown on 21,000 acres across 20 counties in central and northern Wisconsin.
Approximately five percent of this year's crop will be sold as fresh fruit, and the remaining cranberries will be frozen and stored for longer-term sales as frozen berries, dried cranberries, juices, sauces and more.
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