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Cranberry Management Calendar - Post-Harvest

POST-HARVEST

  • Trash Flooding: Flooding after harvest is a good means of removing ‘trash’ — i.e. dead cranberry leaves, twigs, and bruised berries.  On a windy day, the ‘trash’ will be driven to a corner or edge where it can be skimmed from the water and then disposed of at a location far from the bed.  Dead leaves and leftover berries serve as a source of disease inoculum and provide habitat for insect pests.  Removing this material may reduce how often you need to sand.
  • Post-Harvest Flooding: Ongoing research in Massachusetts (and grower practice) is finding that flooding for up to 4 weeks post-harvest suppresses dewberry plants and cranberry fruitworm.  In some studies, mortality of overwintering cranberry fruitworm (in their hibernacula/cocoons on the bed) was close to 100%.  No reduction of the crop has been reported after several years of experimentation with this particular flood.
 


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