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US cranberry production expected to fall by 10%

BOSTON (AP) -- The nation's cranberry production is projected to drop by 10 percent from last year's record-breaking crop, even as worldwide demand for the berry rises.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual report on cranberries estimates a crop of 7.09 million barrels in 2009, compared to 7.87 million in 2008.

The state with the largest projected decrease is Massachusetts, where the crop was expected to fall 20 percent. The report blamed cool, wet weather, which reduces pollination.

An 11 percent drop is projected in Wisconsin, the country's largest cranberry producer. The report says bogs are recovering from record production in 2008.

Increases are predicted in the smaller cranberry-producing states of New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

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