Hilary Sandler, extension professor, and director of UMass Cranberry Station, explains challenges to cranberry growers during climate change while interviewed on a national TV news segment. Warmer weather and record rainfall caused by climate change are making the berries grow more slowly.
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Hillary Sandler, extension professor and director of the UMass Cranberry Station, is quoted in a story examining the ways that growers are trying to make cranberries more resilient to climate change.
A $7.75 million project to expand and modernize the UMass Amherst Cranberry Station, an important research facility for the commonwealth’s cranberry industry, was celebrated today with a construction celebration event at the station in East Wareham, Mass. While the coronavirus pandemic delayed the start of construction, work is now under way on the facility with a targeted completion date of August 2022. Check out video here.
A $7.75 million project to expand and modernize the UMass Amherst Cranberry Station, an important research facility for the commonwealth’s cranberry industry, was celebrated Oct. 22 with a construction celebration event at the station in East Wareham, Mass.
The UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham, the 100-year-old premier research facility on cranberry production, is due to get a laboratory infrastructure upgrade and addition in the next 18 months or so. Funded with $5.75M from the Commonwealth and $2M from UMass Amherst, the construction project is now open for bids. Bid document available here. General bids are due on June 9. Sub-bids are due on May 26. There are walk-through times available, sorted by work type, on May 13.
In a video segment about the cranberry industry in Massachusetts, Hilary Sandler director of the UMass Cranberry Station, shows how the station conducts research on fertilizers, pest management, weed control and other areas that help growers. (WCVB [Boston], 1/4/21; News Office assistance)
Katherine Ghantous and Peter Jeranyama from UMass Amherst Cranberry Station are interviewed. Ghantous says because winters are becoming less cold, a time is approaching when the cold temperatures needed each winter to successfully grow cranberries “may be hard to hit.” (National Geographic, 11/25/20)
Katherine Ghantous, a research associate at the UMass Amherst Cranberry Station, is quoted in an article exploring the effects climate change is having on the Massachusetts cranberry crop. She says, "It’s more than just the money or the fruit. It’s part of who Massachusetts is.” (The Washington Post, 11/18/20)