Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Thirty-fifth annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, January 10, 1922. Thirty-fourth summer meeting, pavilion, near Nekoosa, Wisconsin, August 9, 1921
Malde, O. G.
Landmarks in the 1921 cranberry season, pp. 12-17 PDF (1.4 MB)
1,2 WISCONSIN CRANBERRY GROWERS' ASSOCIATION Besides regular development work a good deal was done in the latter part of the season in cleaning up and levelling for roads the spoil banks of the drainage ditches on the marsh, levelling the dyke bank between sections, and breaking and disking the upper marsh. The chief lesson learned was to re-emphasize what we already knew, the necessity of having work so far advanced on sections to be panted that nothing can interfere with early planting. At the same time the heaving and settling of the first winter changes the bog level enough that a more uneven bog will result from final levelling and sanding without prior first winter's settling. The bog is all underlaid with quicksand and gravel and the drainage is excellent, sometimes too excellent as was the case with our newly sanded sections last September. This being the case we have in mind to make the next sections developed a couple of rods narrower than the present ones which are ten rods from center to center, and to do away with the center ditch. LANDMARKS IN THE 1921 CRANBERRY SEASON. 0. G. MAI.I)E. Tomah, Wis. To me the cranberry season of 1921 has appeared full of landmarks or peculiarly notable happenings in crop production, under varying conditions, on various bogs of the state. What I would term the chief of these so-called landmark events are as follows, given in the order of their importance as I would place them: 1. General Crop Shortage, or Who Got the Crop? 2. Frosts. 3. Drought. 4. Insects. 5. Water Supplies. 6. Markets, or Supply and Demand. 7. Home Markets-Are They Neglected? My interpretation of these factors I will try to make brief, in fact, I fear some of them may be blunt, as I feel I have the advantage of being an Insider looking from the outside, yet tempering my viewpoint in hopes that some little kernel or germ may be effective in the stimulation of some part of this highly specialized industry into a higher place in the agricultural activities of the State, and especially to awaken a greater interest and confidence in the industry among the people already engaged. I cannot help but feel that far too many do not have the cranberry business truly at heart, there- fore do not do their own vocation the most good possible, for them- selves, the industry, or the community in which they have their holdings. To avoid repetition I will discuss Item 1. last and proceed with a discussion of frosts. I consider frost second In importance, not because of damage done the past year, but because of the general damage that it is permitted to do. I contend that frost, in 90 per cent of the losses caused, is an unnecessary loss and consequently a need- less hazard.
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