An unseasonably warm fall, coupled with the uncertainty surrounding retaliatory tariffs, is tempering South Shore growers’ expectations for this year’s cranberry yield and prices.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in August that it expected the state’s cranberry harvest to slip about 1 percent, from about 1.911 million barrels in 2017 to 1.895 million, but South Shore growers say they’re still optimistic that they’ll see a decent crop, even if they still don’t know what kind of price they’ll get for it amid ongoing trade disputes.
“The expectations were for a good crop,” Brian Wick, the executive director of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, said. “Not a bumper crop, but a good crop.”…
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