Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Extended Winter Shortens Cranberry Growing SeasonSubmitted: 05/08/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Extended Winter Shortens Cranberry Growing Season
MANITOWISH WATERS - The cold April meant you could ski and ice fish longer, and had to keep your winter coat at hand.

But it also could have an impact on northern Wisconsin crops.

Cranberries from the Northwoods might be smaller and not as deep red in color this year.

That size and color difference shouldn't make a difference on how our official state fruit tastes this year.

The expected difference in how they grow is due to the shortened growing season compared to last year.

Cold weather into May this year pushed things back much further than last spring.

"Last year, we were at one extreme, and this year, we're the other extreme. Last year was probably the longest growing season we've ever had. This year, I would predict that it would be closer to what the average growing season would be," says Bob Winter of Vilas Cranberry.

A short growing season often produces berries smaller and lighter in color.

That doesn't change the taste.

But it could change profits for growers.

"You'd probably have to wait a little longer into growing season before you start harvesting to get a little better color. Size is weight, so, the bigger the berries, the more they weigh. You get paid by the hundred pounds, so size is good," Winter says.

Many growers are flooding their bogs right now to help get frost out of the ground faster.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

MOSINEE - If an army marches on its stomach, Captain Steve Layden and his group of soldiers should be able to do its job while very well-fed... eventually.

"Nope, commanders always eat last," Layden said with a smile Thursday afternoon.

Layden and members of his Army National Guard 173rd Engineer Battalion from Rhinelander were treated to a cookout, helping them fuel up for another week's worth of hard work.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Food pantries all over the country help to build hunger-free communities.

One Northwoods food pantry is celebrating a huge milestone it reached earlier this month.

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry has distributed more than 5 million pounds of food in its 12 years of operation.

+ Read More

MANITOWISH WATERS - St. Patrick's Day won't be back on our calendars for a while. But that doesn't mean you can't get your Irish on.

Craig Van Ark, owner of Ye-Ole Shillelagh in Manitowish Waters is hosting a three-day long Irish Fest with some of the best Irish musicians around.

"They're die-hard Irish people, so I said, 'Well, if you guys want to come up and do it, we'll put it together, and here we are," Van Ark said.

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - On Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism awarded the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce a Joint Effort Marketing grant.

Chamber Executive Director Kim Emerson says she was thrilled the Chamber received the $5,000 check to promote the third annual SepTimber Ride.

"We needed more marketing dollars. Dollars to showcase the event to audiences that have not seen the event," said Emerson.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Mike Webster Stadium at Rhinelander High School will host another sports season in just a few weeks. Fans and players know rain is never fun to play in. But this year, it's even more important to have a dry season. The drainage system under the field has to be redone. The school district approved plans on Monday night to do just that.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERCER - Some of us take high-speed internet access for granted. But in parts of the Northwoods, broadband is hard to come by. Iron County is beginning to expand its broadband coverage, and it held a fair this week to get the public on board.

+ Read More

MADISON - State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) believes state government doesn't do enough to protect private property rights of people in Wisconsin.

On Thursday in Madison, he rolled out a set of bills he's calling the "Homeowners' Bill of Rights."

Tiffany is teaming up with State Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) on the bills. They say courts have gone too far in regulating what people can do on their property.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here