It's the berries: Wisconsin leads the nation again in cranberry production

Friday, September 08, 2017

Wisconsin cranberry growers are so good at what they do they might have to put limits on production.

The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association said he 2017 harvest is expected to reach 5.6 million barrels, more than half of all the cranberries harvested in the U.S., which is expected to be about 9 million barrels.

The bumper crop isn't necessarily good news for growers, who are faced with low prices, well below the cost of production.

The industry approved asking the USDA to set volume regulations on both this year's crop and the 2018 crop.

"This motion is intended to help stabilize marketing conditions and improve grower returns," said association executive director Tom Lochner.

"This short-term solution will help slow the excess supply being built, while the industry continues to focus its efforts on the long-term solution of increasing demand, both domestically and in international markets."

Wisconsin's cranberry growers produced about six million barrels in 2016.

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