It was the second-best year on record for cranberry production in Wisconsin. The State Department of Ag puts final production at 3.96 million barrels in 2010. The crop got off to a good start but heavy rains in July hampered pollination while excess moisture later in the season caused some rot. A total of 18,000 acres were harvested with average yield at 220 barrels per acre. Average price for fresh market berries was $79.30 per barrel and $47.20 for berries for processing.
The freezing temperatures in early May took a toll on the state’s apple and tart cherry crops. DATCP says apple production totaled 37 million pounds in 2010, 14.9 percent less than in 2009. Tart cherry production in the Badger State dropped 48 percent to 5.7 million pounds.