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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Cranefield, Frederic
An outline of the work of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society,   pp. 25-26 PDF (392.7 KB)


Page 25


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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