Nov 23, 2017

11/23/2017: How smartphones help get cranberries from the bog to your turkey dinner

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Americans eat and drink about 400 million pounds of cranberries each year. Twenty percent of that is during Thanksgiving. The technology that goes into growing, harvesting, and selecting cranberries has changed significantly in the last handful of years. Marketplace’s Adriene…

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How cranberries get from the bog to your Thanksgiving table

Nov 23, 2017
Tech is helping the industry produce better fruit.
Cranberry bogs must be intentionally flooded to easily collect the fruit.
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Americans eat and drink about 400 million pounds of cranberries each year. Twenty percent of that is during Thanksgiving. The technology that goes into growing, harvesting, and selecting cranberries has changed significantly in the last handful of years. Marketplace’s Adriene Hill talks with Hilary Sandler, director of the Cranberry Station, a research center at UMass Amherst, about how cranberry farming has changed.

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