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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Thirty-first annual meeting, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, January 8, 1918. Thirtieth summer meeting, pavilion, Nekoose, Wis., August 14, 1917
(1917-1918)

Shear, C. L.
Spoilage of cranberries after picking,   pp. 27-30 PDF (910.5 KB)


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Speaking of weeds; I have worried myself sick at times over weeds
that really amounted to very little. I have had to learn their char-
acteristics by experience alone when a few words by some authority
a few years ago would have saved us a great deal in worry and
money. I fought with the horsetail weed and found none in this
state whO could give me advice. I have worried over many another
weed only to work out my own solutions as best I could. I believe I
could write a book on the subject of weeds on a cranberry bog.
Although experience is our best source of knowledge, the subject of
weeds is one with which we should not have to struggle. Each plant
has its peculiar habitat, method of growth, special root system and
means of propagation. Each and every one can be conquered if we
find the proper weapon. The roots of one, the seeds of another, the
amount of moisture required by a third, the length of life of a fourth,
and so on, are the points of attack. Without problems the cranberry
business would lose much of its interest and there would be an over
production. We still have great improvements to make in the market-
ing end, in more Intensive cultivation and in better cooperation.
Personally I am an enthusiast. The opportunities appear unlimited.
My seven years experience in the business is just enough to make me
feel happy that I have about 40 years experience ahead of me.
SPOILAGE OF CRANBERRIES AFTER PICKING
DR. C. L. SIIFHR, Plant Pathologist, Bureau of Plant Industry, Depart-
ment of Agriculture, Washington, D. C.
All cranberry growers are familiar from observation or experience,
or both, with the large losses of fruit which frequently occur after
picking, and it is in response to the urgent appeals of the Cranberry
Growers' Association that the Department of Agriculture has under-
taken, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment
Station and some of the cranberry growers, investigations to deter-
mine the exact causes of these lo'ses-and if possible, to devise practical
means of preventing them. More or less work bearing on these prob-
lems has been carried on by Dr. Franklin and myself for several sea-
sons past. Last season we also had the assistance of Dr. Stevens on
the Cape and Mr. Wilcox in New Jersey, where we are also carrying
on similar work. The present season, with increased funds and facili-
ties, we hope to obtain sufficient data for the solution of some of these
problems.
Spoilage of cranberries excluding insect injury is due in general to
one of three causes, or combination of these causes, freezing, fungous
rots or premature death of the fruit caused by rapid ripening or
suffocation. It is not necessary here to discuss freezing, as its cause
and prevention are understood by all.
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