Final Keeping Quality Forecast
The final forecast is GOOD keeping quality.
We calculated 7 points out of a possible 16 to arrive at this keeping quality forecast for the 2019 Massachusetts cranberry crop. The final forecast is GOOD for keeping quality.
The final keeping quality score of 7 was based on (i) the previous total year sunshine hours which were less than 2,274 hours (4 points), (ii) favorable sunshine hours for March which were more than the 50-year average for that month (2 points) and (iii) the total precipitation for April which was less than the average of East Wareham and Middleboro precipitation of 6.70 inches (1 point). However, the average temperature for April and May for Middleboro were both above the required values to gain additional points.
This is a year that you should probably be able to reduce the number of fungicide applications. If you have a bed that had late water held this spring, you can reduce your fungicide inputs in that situation as well.
Peter Jeranyama, Plant Physiology