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Cranberry growers set to break harvesting records

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Wisconsin cranberry growers say they expect a record-breaking harvest this season.

Last year, Wisconsin growers produced a record 4.6 million barrels of cranberries.

This year's crop is expected to produce around 4.9 million barrels.

Wisconsin is poised to continue being the leading supplier of cranberries nationwide for the 19th straight year.

"We didn't think this would happen because the spring was so cool and then we also had a really cool end of July and beginning of August, but we also did not get any severe weather this year and that was helpful," said Diane Moss, Owner of Elm Lake Cranberry Company in Wisconsin Rapids.

Diane Moss and her husband Mike started harvesting their cranberries on Monday.

"We're looking to harvest four and a half million pounds of cranberries off of about 135 acres," said Mike Moss.

Four and a half million pounds of cranberries equals roughly 45,000 barrels.

Last year, the Elm Lake Cranberry Company harvested 38,000 barrels.

"We're optimistic that this will be one of the largest if not the largest crop and a lot of that has to do with new varieties coming online, more efficiencies, a lot of people are reinvesting in the farms to try and become more efficient with the same amount of acres," said Mike Moss.

Growers add that as long as they don't receive any severe weather before mid-October, they should have no problem setting the harvesting record.

Industry leaders say although cranberry sales have remained flat, they hope to increase sales by opening up new markets in countries like Brazil and Russia.

Ocean Spray Cranberries, the nation's largest cranberry producer, says about 11 million barrels of cranberries will be harvested worldwide this season.

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