Wisconsin farmers produce two-thirds of nation's cranberries in 2013, with record 6M barrels

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Wisconsin cranberry farmers increased production by 25 percent last year to harvest a record 6 million barrels.

That's according to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures released Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker's office.

Each barrel of cranberries weighs 100 pounds.

Walker says Wisconsin harvested two-thirds of the nation's cranberries last year and three times as much as Massachusetts, the second-largest cranberry producer.

Walker also says Wisconsin's apple and cherry growers are doing better after a sudden freeze destroyed buds in 2012.

He says the state now ranks fourth in tart cherry production, harvesting more than 12 million pounds last year. It produced nearly 42 million pounds of apples.

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