Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)
An outline of the work of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society, pp. 25-26 PDF (392.7 KB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 25 AN OUTLINE OF THE WORK OF THE WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY The Wisconsin State Horticultural Society conducts field work at fourteen different points in the state as follows: Poplar, Maple, Whitehall, Manitowoc, Baraboo, Holcombe, Pewau- kee, Gays Mills, Lake Geneva, Weston, Waupaca, Plover, Wisconsin Rapids and Onalaska. A "Trial" orchard is located at each of the ten first-named places. The Trial orchard work was begun in 1897 at Wausau for the pur- pose of testing the hardiness and adaptability of the different varieties of tree fruits in the northern or "cut-over" regions of the state. These orchards comprise 48 acres and 3775 trees in addition to one acre of grapes. The orchards at Poplar, Maple and Holcombe, are "Trial" orchards, being for the purposes above indicated. The remaining orchards are located in sections where tree fruits are known to thrive and are designed as "Model" or demonstration or- chards to show the best methods of culture, best varieties for mar- ket, etc. An account is opened with each of the "Model" orchards with the confident expectation that a decided margin of profit will be shown at the end of 10 or 12 years. The orchards should then yield profitable crops for 20 years longer with but moderate expense for maintenance. In the spring of 1921 four small fruit stations of one acre each were established in the four last-named places. These are for the purpose of demonstrating best methods of cultivation of raspberries, black- berries, etc. The work is carried on in co-operation with the county agricultural agents. In these ways the Society hopes to demonstrate the possibilities of fruit growing in Wisconsin. Additional Alms and Purposes of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society. Organized in 1865, being the legitimate successor of the Western Fruit Growers' Association, which was organized in 1853. Chartered by the State of Wisconsin in 1871. Purely an educational institution. Its purpose the advancement of every branch of horticulture through- out the state. Aims to accomplish this through publications, individual help and conventions (two yearly).
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