WI could account for 57 percent of national cranberry crop
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Cranberry harvests in Wisconsin and Massachusetts are expected to be strong this year as crops in both states benefit from favorable weather.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted Tuesday that U.S. production will rise 10 percent this year, to 7.5 million barrels. That would be the second-highest figure on record.
One barrel weighs 100 pounds.
That growth would be driven by the nation's top two producing states. The USDA expects Wisconsin to produce 4.3 million barrels this year, up 8.6 percent over last year. Massachusetts is expected to yield 2.1 million barrels, an 11 percent increase.
If those predictions are met, Wisconsin would account for 57 percent of the national crop and Massachusetts 28 percent. New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are expected to account for the other 15 percent.
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