Cranberry production down 10% from 2008

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WASHINGTON — In its annual Cranberries report the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast 2009 production at 7,085,000 (100-lb) barrels, or 708.5 million lbs, down 10% from the record large 2008 crop but still the second largest ever if realized.

Lower production was forecast in the two largest producing states but higher outturn in the three other major states.

Production was forecast at 4,000,000 barrels in Wisconsin, down 11% from 2008, and at 1,900,000 barrels in Massachusetts, down 20%, the U.S.D.A. said.

"Most of the bogs are recovering from last year’s record production," the U.S.D.A. said of Wisconsin’s crop, which would be the second largest ever for the state. "In addition, a late spring and cool summer temperatures decreased berry size."

But production in New Jersey was forecast at 540,000 barrels, up 5% from last year, in Oregon at 490,000 barrels, up 23%, and in Washington at 155,000 barrels, up 42%.

"Warm temperatures and good pollination aided this year’s cranberry crop (in Washington)," the U.S.D.A. said.

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