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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Fourteenth annual meeting, Grand Rapids, Wis., January 8th, 1901
(1901)

Gaynor, James
Experiment station report,   pp. 11-12 PDF (402.5 KB)


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CRANBERRY GROWERS' ASSOCIATION.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
Meeting reassembled at 2 p. m., Vice President S. N.
Whittlesey in chair.
The report of Experimental station was presented by
Judge John A. Gaynor of Grand Rapids, who accompanied
same with suggestions and statistics, which were ordered
printed as also other communications received by secretary.
Experiment Station Report.
To the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Associa-
tion-Gentlemen: As most of you know, the station, which
contains a little more than a quarter of an acre of ground,
is divided into sections, each about a half a rod square, and
at the center of each square a single vine of the variety to
be cultivated is planted. There are, in all, 207 sections, 24
of which are still vacant and 183 have been planted. Of
the 183, 44 have been planted to seedlings from some of the
finest varieties of berries that have been exhibited at the
annual meetings, and 139 have been planted to a single
vine of such varieties as have been recommended to us.
Of these 183 varieties, twenty-five were planted in 1894,
thirty-nine in 1895, four in 1896, twenty-five in 1897, nine
in 1898, thirty-two in 1899 and forty-eight in 1900. Three
sections of seedlings were planted in 1894 from berries fur-
nished by Mr. Tuttle, and these sections are now in full
bearing. Twelve sections of seedlings were planted in
1897 which will probably come into bearing next year.
About twenty sections of seedlings were planted during
the past summer. The imported seed furnished by the
government usually failed to grow. This failure, I think,
is due to the fact that the seed was dried before it was
shipped, and cranberry seeds, in common with the seeds of
most woody plants, will not bear drying; drying destroys
the vitality. We have instructed the Agricultural depart-
ment at Washington on this point, and they are now ship-
ping us the seed in the pulp, and we hope for better results
in this line hereafter.
Your committee last year, after examining the samples
of fruit from the Experimental station, recommended the
following varieties for further propagation: Nos. 3, 31, 27,
35, 38, 39, 88, 43, 51, 57, 50, 60, 59, 53, 89, 64, 61, 86, 78 and 87.
Vines were taken from each of these sections and planted
by themselves at the north end of the nursery, early in June
last. These plantings have done exceedingly well, and
cuttings may be taken from them as soon as they come into
bearing. We hope to have samples of the fruit from these
vines at the next annual meeting, and the vines of such as
show a decided superiority may be distributed to Wisconsin
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