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Cranberry harvest numbers may slide compared to last several years Submitted: 08/19/2014

Dan Marz
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dmarz@wjfw.com


MANITOWISH WATERS - Cranberry growers in Wisconsin work hard every year to produce the fruit. But they may not be able to harvest as many berries this season.

Cranberry growers don't expect an overly large crop this year despite great harvests the last few years.

The numbers might not be as high, but farmers say they won't be disappointed with this year's cranberry results.

"Overall I think it will be a decent crop," says Bob Winter, owner and manager of Vilas Cranberry Company. "There's been some hail in the southern part of the state and even in western Wisconsin, so that takes its toll, but cumulatively how much that really is remains to be seen. You never know until you get it all in the barn at the end of October."

The long winter we had also had its effects on this year's cranberry crop, but that isn't scaring farmers either.

"Amazingly enough, as the year goes on, and the weather goes thru its ups and downs, we tend to kind of end up at the same place as far as mature fruit by late September," explains Winter. 'I guess I wouldn't be surprised if that's the same this year too."

Farmers will look to harvest their crop later in the fall season.

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