Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Clark, W. W.
My impressions of the west, pp. 205-207 PDF (670.5 KB)
WINTER MTNG. MY IMPRESSIONS OF THE WEST. W. W. CLARK. "My impressions of the west" are not more than impressions, they were obtained in a stay of some two and one-half months, mainly near the head of the Willamette valley. This valley is in the western third of the state which is watered by the rains suf- ficiently to produce satisfactory crops without irrigation. The vegetation is somewhat similar to that of Wisconsin. The rainfall around Creswell and Eugene is about 36 inches, nearly all of which falls during the months of September to June, leaving a dry season of two to three months. This was the season which I observed. The rain is generally not severe, being more like Wisconsin mist. During the summer dry season crops can be grown in the field and garden without irrigation of any kind by suitable methods of cultivation. There is no doubt but that small fruits would do better during this time with artificial watering, however. Tree fruits do very well without irrigation provided the soil moisture is conserved. It is claimed, in fact, that they do bet- ter because of the dry season during their ripening period than they would otherwise. This seemed to be true. Agriculture in this portion of Oregon is in a very backwarC condition as regards modern methods, etc. The same land has been cropped without rotation for decades in many instances and appears nearly exhausted. Eastern farmers are introducing modern methods of rotation and handling, but these are not kindly accepted by the "native Oregonians," who fail to see how the eastern farmer can know anything about conditions in Ore gon. As a consequence of the influx of settlers from the middle west and east, Oregon is waking up to her resources and oppor tunities, however, and the entire state is experiencing a "boom.' In horticulture, modern practices in spraying, pruning, plant- ing and cultivating are followed closely. This is perhaps from necessity, it being almost impossible to raise any edible apples without careful spraying. As a result many home orchards are of no value to their owners, whatever; the marketable apples coming from those growers who understand their business. The contrast with Wisconsin conditions is especially marked, sinec 205
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