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.

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