State Cranberry Production Slipped

2020 wasn’t a barrel buster for Wisconsin’s cranberry producers.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin cranberry production totaled 4.64 million barrels in 2020, down from 4.67 million barrels in 2019.

The state’s cranberry growers harvested 20,800 acres, the same as last year. Average yield per acre, at 223.0 barrels, was down from last year’s 224.4 barrels. The price of cranberries was up 11% from 2019 to $38.60 per barrel. The total value of utilized production increased to $179 million dollars.

Processed cranberries accounted for 94% of the state’s utilized cranberry production.

Wisconsin did maintain its number one ranking in total cranberry production with 59 percent of the nation’s total. Wisconsin total production was more than twice that of the next highest producing state, Massachusetts.