Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Large amounts of rain make for an 'interesting' cranberry growth seasonSubmitted: 06/19/2017
Large amounts of rain make for an 'interesting' cranberry growth season
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
Reporter/Anchor
dsherek@wjfw.com

MANITOWISH WATERS - Each year brings a new challenge to the cranberry growing season.

The large amount of rain throughout the Northwoods in the past couple of months has brought with it some positives and some negatives, according to one family-owned cranberry company.


Steven Bartling has known the cranberry business his whole life. He is the fourth-generation owner of Bartling's Manitowish Cranberry, and he says this year's growth season has been interesting. 

But Bartling thinks all the rain this season has actually helped more than hurt the plants.

"It hasn't had much effect on the crop itself, because they're a pretty water-tolerant plant. They're not an aquatic plant, so they don't grow wet, but they're damp all the time, so it's been good for that," said Bartling.

Plus, Bartling says it has helped the overall water levels, too.

"Over the last 10 years or so, it's kind of been a drier time, and this has really brought our water tables back up to where the average is, so we're really fortunate for that," Bartling said. 

But that doesn't mean the rain hasn't had any effect on the crop. With the cranberry plants about to bloom, the rain is hindering the company's special "business partners."

"We're just coming into pollination and our bees...they don't work in the rain, so we need nice, warm 70-degree sunny not very windy days for our honeybees to do effective pollinating, and if it's raining, they won't be doing that," said Bartling.

Despite the slight setback, Bartling says they are still on schedule for the growing season.

"We've got no control over Mother Nature, and we just have to play every day as it comes and do our best to manage around what the day brings, so it's always a challenge."



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





 IN OTHER NEWS
Missing 84-year-old man foundSubmitted: 10/21/2017

EAGLE RIVER - A woman reported her 84-year-old husband who suffers from dementia missing, at around 5 a.m. Saturday morning, in Eagle River.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office searched the home and buildings on the property when they arrived on scene.

At around 9 a.m. a member of the Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue and his K-9 found the man near his home.

He was not injured.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Wild Instincts celebrated the release of BBC's "Supercharged Otters," which filmed at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.

Saturday's viewing at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander had a complementary showing of the episode.

The episode features otters that spent seven months with Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot and his team.

The episode gives people a look into the life of an otter.

"Like everything else it's the web of life. Everything's all interconnected and even if it's just the pure enjoyment of watching an otter swim or catch a fish and seeing how playful they are sliding down a mudslide or sliding through the snow that alone is immeasurable really," said Naniot.

+ Read More

Play Video

ANTIGO - You'll always find 11-year-old Mara Antone wearing her helmet while she's on a bike. Last week, after leaving the Antigo Boys and Girls Club, she had an unexpected encounter. 

"I was riding home and I saw a cop car go and I waved," said Mara. 

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - Pretty soon little ghosts, goblins and ghouls will hit the streets expecting tricks or treats.

However, some families may take their kids to church or club festivities as a safer way to celebrate.

Some of those places could actually attract convicted nonviolent sex offenders.

"[Kids] can't defend themselves at that age," said Minocqua vacationer and grandmother Donna Davies.

Davies thinks Halloween is a time to keep an extra eye out for sex offenders.

"With sex offenders you need to be super cautious," said Davies.

In Minocqua, there are no laws keeping nonviolent sex offenders from attending youth groups, children's activities and even boy scouts meetings.

"The public thinks sex offenders are a threat to public safety," said Minocqua Town Chairman Mark Hartzheim.

He says sex offenders are always around, but trick or treating can get dangerous.

"They're there and we don't always know they are there," said Hartzheim.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Just a year ago, days looked a lot different for Rhinelander's Jane Dunbar. For 27 years up to her 2016 retirement, she built a career.

"I worked for the state health department," she said. "I worked in public health for communicable disease and immunization."

Now, Dunbar picks days she'd like to work as a substitute teacher at Pelican Elementary School.

"I've been doing kindergarten today, and I really like the kindergarten," she said on Wednesday. "They're really active."

+ Read More

Play Video

KINGSFORD, MI - Fridays in Kingsford, Michigan belong to the Flivver faithful.

"Being a Flivver is a part of our life," Kingsford High School senior Mitchell Wiltzius said.

It's a special name and mascot reserved for just one community.  The name comes from the old Ford plant in Kingsford that once produced station wagons starting in 1931.

+ Read More

LINCOLN COUNTY - A man died after his ATV hit a bear in northwest of Tomahawk.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies tell us it happened just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in the Town of Wilson.

A 51 year old man had been headed west on County Road CC, east of Poplar Drive.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here