Bright Bog: Sustainable Production and Development of the Cranberry Industry
The image above captures an aerial view of cranberry bogs in southeastern Massachusetts. The state’s cranberry growers have harvested approximately two million barrels of fruit in 2012 despite a challenging growing season. The UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham - a research and outreach facility of the UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture - conducts production-oriented research geared toward improving fruit quality, pest management, water management, and environmental practices. The Station works with growers across the state and is considered an international leader in integrated pest management for cranberry production. Much of the Station’s research is conducted on growers’ farms, including a current study on drainage systems. Massachusetts produces 27 percent of the U.S. cranberry crop, second in production only to Wisconsin. Learn more.
Photo credit: UMass Cranberry Station