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Wisconsin Cranberry Crop Second-Largest on Record

posted on August 22, 2008

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's cranberry crop is expected to be the second-largest harvest on record this fall.

Agriculture experts forecast the state's cranberry crop at 3.85 million barrels, slightly above 2007, but 2 percent less than 2006.

Tom Lochner, executive director of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, says growers are hoping for warm weather through the remainder of August and cool temperatures heading into fall to help the berries ripen.

Wisconsin is expected to lead the nation in cranberry production for the 14th consecutive year.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service says the nation's crop is estimated at nearly 7 million barrels, also second largest on record.

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