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Record cranberry crop in Wisconsin touted by Gov. Walker

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin had another record cranberry crop last year.

Recent figures from the USDA show that the Badger State produced just over 6 million barrels -- a 25 percent increase from 2012.

About 21,000 acres of cranberries were harvested statewide a year ago, 400 more than the previous year. The state provided 67 percent of the nation's total production.

Massachusetts was a distant second with 1.8 million barrels.

Governor Scott Walker hailed Wisconsin's record output -- and he praised growers for their hard work and determination, especially those facing extreme weather conditions the past few years.

Wisconsin's increase was more than twice the 11 percent jump in the national harvest.

Also, Walker noted that Wisconsin's cherry and apple growers rebounded from bad weather in 2012 with large increases in their production.

The USDA said apple growers harvested almost 42 million pounds in 2012, while the cherry crop totaled 12.3 million pounds.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)