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Cranberry Station

Development of Sustainable Management Strategies for Large-fruited Hybrid Cranberry Cultivars

Cranberry production has a long history in Massachusetts (MA) that adds important economic and aesthetic value to the region.  About 30% of U.S. acreage and the two largest cranberry handler companies are located in Massachusetts. This crop has the
highest farm gate value of any food crop in the Commonwealth, $99.8 million in 2012 (USDA, 2015). A study by Farm Credit East of Northeast agriculture estimated that, when accounting for employment on the farms, in supporting local businesses, and

Development of sustainable management strategies for large-fruited hybrid cranberry cultivars

Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station Project MAS00488
Duration: October 2015 - September 2019

Threats to the sustainability of cranberry production in MA and elsewhere in the U.S. come from many sources: consumer demands for sustainable but inexpensive products, commodity pricing in an industry that is currently over-supplied with juice concentrate, changes to industry fruit quality standards, rising costs for energy and pest management products, and changing standards in pesticide use to accommodate global marketing.

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