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By Susan Playfair

The cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon, is one in all in simple terms 3 cultivated culmination local to North the US. the tale of this perennial vine begun because the glaciers retreated approximately fifteen thousand years in the past. Centuries later, it saved local american citizens and Pilgrims alive throughout the iciness months, performed a task in a diplomatic gesture to King Charles in 1677, safe sailors on board whaling ships from scurvy, fed common Grant’s males in 1864, and supplied over 1000000 kilos of sustenance according to 12 months to our global warfare II doughboys. this day, it's a strong instrument within the struggle opposed to quite a few different types of melanoma. this is often America’s superfruit.

This booklet poses the query of the way the cranberry, and by way of inference different end result, will fare in a warming weather. In her try to assessment the results of weather switch, Susan Playfair interviewed growers from Massachusetts west to Oregon and from New Jersey north to Wisconsin, the cranberry’s temperature tolerance variety. She additionally spoke with scientists learning the overall healthiness advantages of cranberries, plant geneticists mapping the cranberry genome, a plant biologist who supplied her with the 1st regression research of cranberry flowering instances, and a migrant beekeeper attempting to determine why the bees are demise.

Taking a broader view than the opposite books on cranberries, America’s Founding Fruit offers a quick historical past of cranberry cultivation and its function in our nationwide background, leads the reader during the whole cultivation procedure from planting via distribution, and assesses the prospective results of weather switch at the cranberry and different crops and animals. might the yank cranberry stop transforming into within the usa? if that is so, what will be misplaced?

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The cost to convert to pop-­ups is $4,500 to $5,000 per acre. And that doesn’t include the cost for a computerized system. We walk to the pump house he built for his new irrigation system. Putting the pieces together has been a two-­year project where Andrew, like most cranberry growers, has custom-­made the machinery to fit his particular bogs’ requirements. He purchased the filter, then plumbed it and figured out how to make it fit with the rest of the system. New valves allow him to isolate which bog he irrigates or to limit a pesticide application to only the infected area.

When a spring frost wiped out his Massachusetts crop, he headed back to the Oregon coast. There he noted that the growing conditions in Coos Bay, at latitude forty-­ one degrees, weren’t too different from the growing conditions in Carver, Massachusetts, at latitude forty-­two degrees. The main difference was a longer growing season. He sent a letter to his brother asking him to send some McFarlin cuttings west. After some experimentation with planting methods, the variety took, and is still harvested today in Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.

After hiring himself out as a cranberry picker in Carver at harvest, he decided to stay. Later, he would meet and marry a local girl who bore him four sons and two daughters. The family — children, women, and the men — pitched in to work on the bogs and pooled their earnings to eventually purchase their own bogs and grow their own berries. Andrew didn’t want to lose ties to that legacy. The pop-­up sprinkler heads at Andrew’s bogs, together with his and his family’s ownership of the surrounding land, provide a tremendous advantage.

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