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Wisconsin cranberry, apple, cherry production up


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wisconsin will retain its title as the top cranberry producer in America. 

In a U.S. Department of Agriculture report just released, Wisconsin set a record last fall by harvesting 6.02 million barrels of cranberries, which was 25% more than the year before. Wisconsin produced 67% of the nation’s supply, more than three times what second-place Massachusetts produced.

Wisconsin cherry and apple growers also rebounded from a rough 2012 with big 2013 yields. There were 12.3 million pounds of tart cherries produced, making the Badger state the fourth biggest producer. There was also an 18% gain in apple production with 41.7 million pounds, with the majority of them being sold as fresh market apples.

The U.S.D.A figures were released Thursday through Governor Scott Walker’s office.