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Wisconsin cranberry crop thrived in 2010 despite weather

Published on January 27, 2011 3:01AM

Last changed on January 27, 2011 4:59AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Even though the weather took a toll on Wisconsin's cranberry crop last year, the state still produced its second-highest output ever.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin produced 3.96 million barrels of the tart fruit in 2010.

The increase of 10,000 barrels from 2009 amounts to growth of only a fraction of a percentage point. Still, that was good news considering national production was down 2 percent to 6.8 million barrels.

Wisconsin accounted for 58 percent of the U.S. total.

Wisconsin's 2010 growing season started with a warmer-than-average April, followed by a summer full of hot and humid days. Then there were heavy rains that led to an overabundance of water.

Some farmers reported that the excessive moisture led to rot.

Copyright 2011 The AP.


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