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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Thirtieth annual meeting, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, January 16th, 1917. Twenty-ninth summer meeting, M. O. Potter's marsh, Cranmoor, Wis., August 8th, 1916

Thirtieth annual report of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association,   p. 5 PDF (199.4 KB)

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Wisconsin State Cranberry Grow-
ers' Association
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I remember some 25 years ago that at one of our January meetings
the subject of whether its proceedings should be made public or
whether people not in the business should be permitted to be present.
We seemed to have had the idea we knew the business. I am wonder-
ing if the changes will be as great in the next 25 years.
In the old times many took stock in moon signs, also the stars came
in for inspection. The direction of the wind about the 23rd of March
and so on. I still remember we had a great fear of what the 11th
day of June had in store for us as well as the many other surprise
days to be looked for at any old time, altho we could do little to help
protect our berries. Later we had less respect for the moon prophets
who prophesied disasters next month or the months following. We all
built reservoirs, although we did not not always have water to put in
them and most of the growers received weather bulletins and received
daily weather forecasts still our average yield per acre is very low.
It would seem to raise the question. Have we made use of all of the
knowledge available, or what is the matter? Some of the answers
seem plain to me; most of the growers have many more acres planted
to cranberries than they can protect from frosts. Many acres they
cannot care for in the various ways we are called upon to care for a
cranberry plantation which must be done in order to have it produce
good crops of berries. That is; pruning, raking and straightening the
vines after harvesting has been done, keeping ditches in proprer condi-
tion, flumes and dams repaired. Indeed it seems to me this overplant-
Ing is our greatest source of weakness. In other words; a surplus of
acres becomes 'a liability rather than an asset. That If the average
grower had half the number of acres given the proper care, he would
raise more berries, make more money and have a better time.
I do not know just what the average number of barrels of berries
per acre which are grown In this state Is, but I presume it is some-

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