Wisconsin farmers set record for cranberry harvest

Workers at Elm Lake Cranberry Company in the town of Cranmoor harvest cranberries, September 2013.
Workers at Elm Lake Cranberry Company in the town of Cranmoor harvest cranberries, September 2013. (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin cranberry farmers increased production by 25 percent last year to harvest a record 6 million barrels.

That’s according to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures released Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker’s office.

Each barrel of cranberries weighs 100 pounds.

Walker says Wisconsin harvested two-thirds of the nation’s cranberries last year and three times as much as Massachusetts, the second-largest cranberry producer.

Walker also says Wisconsin’s apple and cherry growers are doing better after a sudden freeze destroyed buds in 2012.

He says the state now ranks fourth in tart cherry production, harvesting more than 12 million pounds last year. It produced nearly 42 million pounds of apples.

Watch video of the 2013 harvest:

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