Drought in Washington State May Impact Cranberry Harvest

Cranberry, a fruit native to North America, is grown primarily in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maine, Oregon, British Columbia, Quebec, and Washington. Contrary to the public’s perception from television commercials, cranberries are not grown underwater. Flooding is used periodically throughout the growing season for harvest, pest control, and frost protection. Cranberry marshes are intimately tied to their wetland areas to provide water for irrigation, frost protection, and flooding.

Wisconsin cranberry growers have avoided many negative effects of the drought but the same is not true for growers in Washington. Reduced water resources may delay or prolong the harvest. For the full Seattle Times article, go here.

Wisconsin Cranberries in the News

CBS News reports that the United States Department of Agriculture is projecting a 2% increase in this year’s cranberry harvest.

WOAW North Central Wisconsin, an ABC affiliate, covered the recent Summer Field Day hosted by the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association. To see the video clip, go here.

For the latest Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association news release, go here.

–Liz Bosak

Drought in Southern Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin’s Cooperative Extension office has created a website page full of resources about the drought in Southern Wisconsin this year. Find out about the drought’s impacts on livestock, Wisconsin lakes, groundwater and more, at this website.

The Department of Natural Resources has added a web page filled with drought resources and information. For more from the State of Wisconsin, go here.

–Liz Bosak

University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station Newsletter

The Cranberry Station, at UMASS, is publishing a great newsletter online with lots of information. The June newsletter features a large table with pesticide information in a convenient table format and an evaluation of tank mixing compatibility for several pesticides.

To read their newsletter, go here. To download the June newsletter, go here.

–Liz Bosak

Update on a Frosty Spring for Fruit Crops in the Midwest

Click here for the latest article from the Wisconsin State farmer discussing this year’s early Spring and cool temperatures. A Michigan State University extension article covers growing degree day accumulations for this Spring and its impacts on grape production. If you’d like all of the gory details of how frost injures plant tissue, then check out Janna Beckerman’s article at Purdue University.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service offers weekly email updates for a variety of crop data including crop-weather data, for more information go here and for Wisconsin click here.

Still want more information, check out this earlier post.

–Liz Bosak

Wisconsin Fruit Crops and Frost Injury this Spring

Recently, Shawn posted an article on the Entomology Department’s website about frost injury to cranberries in Wisconsin, follow this link.

For more information about spring frost injury in Wisconsin fruit crops, go to the University of Wisconsin Extension Fruit Crops website.

Specifically, see Rebecca Harbut’s article on “Understanding Frost in Fruit Crops”. She and Patty McManus have another article on “Impacts of High Spring Temperatures on Fruit Crop Management”.

–Liz Bosak