Wisconsin cranberries

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. - Wisconsin cranberry growers are hoping a strong holiday season will help them end 2019 on a better note, as the U.S. trade war with China and weather issues have put a dent in their profits.

The Badger State is the nation's largest cranberry producer. But growers have been forced to adapt to different international markets for the bitter fruit.

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Wisconsin’s role as the nation's leading cranberry producing state will continue in 2019.

According to projections released recently by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Wisconsin growers will harvest an estimated 5.6 million barrels of fruit this fall. The forecast marks the 25th year that Wisconsin has led the nation in cranberry production.

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association director Tom Lochner says farmers he's talked to say while the crop is slightly above last year's production, they're reporting an average year..

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A comment period is open through the end of this week on a proposed special pesticide registration that would allow the use of Stinger to control weeds in cranberry marshes.

Donna Gilson from the Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection(DATCP) says Stinger has been used on other commercial crops but cranberries are a unique request...

"....Stinger is an herbicide that controls broad leaf weeds and we have it registered for use on other crops in Wisconsin, but this is a special registration for use on cranberries...."

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Northwoods cranberry producers and those across the rest of Wisconsin have helped  make Wisconsin the nation's largest cranberry producer. But the large amount of production has industry experts hoping consumers buy more cranberries to keep the price up. The U-S-D-A has confirmed record yields for last year that averaged 288 bushels-an-acre, more than 50 barrels higher than the previous year.

Tom Lochner is Executive Director at Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association headquartered in Wisconsin Rapids.

Cranberry Research Center Established

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Wisconsin surpassed Massachusetts two decades ago as the nation's top cranberry producer. Now, the state is about to get its first major research facility aimed at improving cranberry growing practices and yields.

The Wisconsin Cranberry Research and Education Foundation says it will buy 155 acres in Jackson County, about ten miles south of Black River Falls, for a research station. It's due to open late next year at a cost of one-point-five million dollars -- half with private money and the rest mainly from U-S-D-A funding.

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Wisconsin cranberry producers set another record in 2013 but an industry spokesperson says that many cranberries in the market puts financial pressure on growers.

Wisconsin growers produced more than 6 million barrels of cranberries last year to once again lead the nation. Tom Lochner from the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association says the record production last year reflects producers investments...

Massachusetts used to be the top cranberry producing state. About two decades ago Wisconsin over took Massachusetts and now the Badger state is poised for another record crop.

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Executive Director Tom Lochner says this years cold spring and unusual summer weather didn't slow down production....