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
Shear, C. L.
Spoilage of cranberries after picking, pp. 27-30 PDF (910.5 KB)
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. 29-
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