By Susan Playfair

ISBN-10: 1611686318

ISBN-13: 9781611686319

ISBN-10: 1611686326

ISBN-13: 9781611686326

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ISBN-13: 9781611686333

The cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon, is one in every of simply 3 cultivated culmination local to North the United States. the tale of this perennial vine all started because the glaciers retreated approximately fifteen thousand years in the past. Centuries later, it stored local americans and Pilgrims alive in the course of the wintry weather months, performed a job in a diplomatic gesture to King Charles in 1677, secure sailors on board whaling ships from scurvy, fed normal Grant’s males in 1864, and supplied over 1000000 kilos of sustenance in step with 12 months to our international warfare II doughboys. this day, it's a strong software within the struggle opposed to quite a few kinds of melanoma. this is often America’s superfruit.

This e-book poses the query of ways the cranberry, and via inference different end result, will fare in a warming weather. In her try and assessment the consequences of weather swap, 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 future health 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 background of cranberry cultivation and its position in our nationwide historical past, leads the reader in the course of the whole cultivation approach from planting via distribution, and assesses the prospective results of weather swap at the cranberry and different vegetation and animals. may the yankee cranberry stop starting to be within the usa? if this is the case, what will be misplaced?

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Throughout April and into May and June, growers in the Northeast and Wisconsin are on alert. One wrong decision or pump failure and the year’s crop is destroyed. In early April, to protect the berries, growers put sprinkler heads on their bogs. Water sprayed from the sprinklers protects the vines from frost and irrigates the bogs during a dry spell. Because of the difference in terrain, frost may have been less of a problem for the Cape Cod pioneers who first cultivated the berry. Few trees grow on sand dunes close to the sea.

Iain has neither the inclination, the storage space, nor the acreage to warrant owning big equipment. When he needs an excavator or another piece of heavy equipment, he rents it. The Ward bogs, like many older Massachusetts cranberry bogs, are irregularly shaped. One bog is round. Working these bogs is a less efficient operation because modern equipment is designed for rectangles, where a grower can run his equipment up and down the bogs in straight lines. A grower with acreage the size of Iain’s needs a second job.

It’s a tricky balance, but he seems optimistic that this time he has it right. Ideally, the top of a bog is one foot below the level of the surrounding land. Partly, this is to allow for sanding machinery and other equipment to roll down onto the bog. Keith’s bog was sunk exactly one foot below the surrounding land, but he still wanted to 32 P LAN TI N G bury drainage tile in the bog to make sure the roots weren’t saturated with water. For environmental reasons, he also didn’t want water running off the bog beyond the ditches.

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