Cranberry production up 10% from 2010

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — In its annual Cranberries report the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast 2011 production at 7,498,000 (100-lb) barrels (750 million lbs), up 10% from 6,811,000 barrels in 2010 and if realized the second highest on record after 7,865,000 barrels in 2008.

Higher production from a year ago was forecast in four of the five largest producing states, the U.S.D.A. said.
Production was forecast at 4,300,000 barrels in Wisconsin, up 9% from 2010, at 2,100,000 barrels in Massachusetts, up 11%, at 385,000 barrels in Oregon, up 33%, and at 173,000 barrels in Washington, up 60%, the U.S.D.A. said.

“In Wisconsin, a cool spring did not damage the crop but lengthened the growing season,” the U.S.D.A. said. “The crop was reported to be progressing well. Favorable weather in Massachusetts during June and the first half of July aided pollination. Some growers reported higher-than-normal weed pressure. The Oregon crop has rebounded from last year’s low production. The growing season was delayed by a cool spring but recent favorable weather conditions have improved crop development.”

Production in New Jersey was forecast at 540,000 barrels, down 4% from 2010.

“Harvested acreage is down in New Jersey this season and some growers expressed concerns of potential sun scalding of fruit due to above normal temperatures,” the U.S.D.A. said. “However, the crop was generally in good condition.”

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