Washington ranks 5th in the nation in cranberry production. In 2002, the state’s growers harvested 168,000 100-pound barrels of cranberries. In more recent years, that number has varied from 176,000 in 2007 to 109,000 in 2008, and back to 155,000 in 2009.
WSU Extension continues to provide farmers and potential cranberry growers with technical assistance on cultural practices, insect, disease and weed control, as well as marketing new and existing agricultural crops.
Because growers need information on how to increase their economic yield, Extension work continues with county, state, and federal agencies to find economic relief and cost-share programs for BMP (Best Management Plan) implementation for growers during times of financial duress.
Research and Extension activities focus on management systems resulting in improved production with fewer pesticides and the application of pesticides with reduced risk. Pesticide training and re-certification credits are provided for cranberry farmers through the WSU Extension office.