After two years of production increases, the amount of Bay State cranberries dipped last year as prices for the fruit also dropped.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Thursday that the total value of Massachusetts cranberries sold in 2016 was $68.9 million, down from $76.8 million in 2015.
The USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service reported that the amount of Bay State cranberries that were sold in 2016 dipped to 224.8 million pounds, which is about 9.2 million less than in 2015.
The price of fresh cranberries fell about 25 percent to $44.50 per 100-pound barrel, according to the USDA, and the price of a barrel of processed cranberries dipped from $30.50 in 2015 to $29.40 in 2016.
Massachusetts is the third biggest cranberry-producing area in the world after Quebec and Wisconsin.
Local cranberry growers appealed to a legislative committee last month to support a bill establishing a tax credit to assist them in upgrading their bogs so they can cultivate the larger fruit used in dried cranberry products.