Source: Weed Science Society of America

The USDA predicts the 2010 cranberry crop will be the second highest on record — led by Wisconsin and Massachusetts, respectively, the top two cranberry-producing states in the country.

But before they make their way to your table, cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) must be defended from a variety of pesky and persistent weeds.

"Cranberries are a perennial crop, and that makes weed control challenging," said Hilary Sandler, integrated pest management and weed specialist for the University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station. "Most problem weeds that impact cranberries are also perennial and come back year after year, thriving under the same growing conditions as the crop."
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