Cranberry Growers Worried About Harvest After Rainy, Humid Summer

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CAPE COD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio)— Cranberry harvest season has almost arrived in New England, but some farmers are worried about this year's crop.

Growers are worried that this past summer's rain and humidity may have had negative effects on this year's batch of cranberries. The remnants of Hurricane Ida, which passed through Massachusetts earlier this month, flooded many cranberry bogs as well.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) spoke with Brian Wick, the executive director of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association, about the concerns that growers have for the upcoming harvest.

"The excess moisture just increases the opportunity for fungi and rot to get into the fruit," Wick said.

The tricky part is, Wick said, these issues will not manifest usually until later in the season.

"You might look at it today and it looks pretty good but inside its percolating," Wick said. "Hopefully the growers are able to manage it adequately."

The harvest for cranberries begins in late September, according to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association. October is a crucial month for cranberry growers though, where 95 percent of cranberries are actually harvested.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) has more.

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