TOMAH, Wisc. (AP) -

Wisconsin cranberry growers are expected an above-average crop yield this year because of nearly ideal growing conditions.

Ed Grygleski is president of Valley Corporation, a cranberry producer near Tomah in west central Wisconsin. He tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it has been a great year for growing because there has been plenty of sun without the extreme heat.

According to the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, cranberry production in Wisconsin is nearly $1 billion industry and employs about 3,000 people in the state.

About 250 farmers in 20 Wisconsin counties grow cranberries on 21,000 acres. The majority of the crop is grown in the central part of the state.

Nearly two-thirds of the nation's cranberry crop comes from Wisconsin.