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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Forty-fifth annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., December 2, 1931. Forty-fifth summer convention, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., August 18, 1931

Chaney, A. H.
Crop report,   pp. 7-8 PDF (530.6 KB)

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it can be held back in any amount, large or small. Any water raised
to the surface will bring benefits to that area not only in irrigation or
sub-irrigation, but evaporation will help to restore the amount of
With this idea in mind, we took up with Governor La Follette the
matter of restoring, with the aid of the Conservation Commission, the
water levels of the marshes. This also includes fire prevention and
protection. Fire prevention cannot be carried on successfully without
the aid of people who are interested. I have a letter here from Gov-
ernor La Follette, asking this association to send a committee to Madi-
son with whom he can confer in order to map out a program that will
be agreeable to the industry. The Conservation Commission, the zon-
ing committee and the legislature have set out to determine which
land shall be used for farming, which shall be used for reforestation,
etc. I think this is an opportunity that our Cranberry Growers' Asso-
ciation should not neglect. We have an opportunity to show our in-
terest and have a hand in some work that I feel is very important.
A. H. CHAN", General Sales Manager, American Cranberry
Exchange, New York City
The crop in the East has not been definitely estimated. The guess
at present by Franklin is 400,000 barrels for Massachusetts as
against 375,000 last year. Rainfall was heavy; bogs are in good condi-
tion, the crop is not so heavy as last year but the size of fruit is
making the increase. The New Jersey crop is more difficult to esti-
mate. The bloom was enormous but the weather was very undesirable.
During the ten days of bloom there was very little sun, causing a
heavy blight especially on native Jerseys, Late Howes and Early
Blacks. The size of fruit is large and early but water is very short,
several growers being without water entirely. The water shortage is
affecting all crops in New Jersey. A fair estimate for New Jersey
berries would be about 125,000 barrels.
The Wisconsin crop is fine in the northern part of the state; others
show very well. Reports from Cranmoor and Mather districts would
make an estimate of about 48,000 barrels for the state.
General fruit grops are equal to 1926 yields but the prices are
lower than any year since. Peaches double last year's crop, are
heavy in the middle west and selling very cheaply. The grape crop
is considered shorter, and better prices are expected, likewise the
fresh prune crop in the northwest.
Industrial conditions were bad last year and are worse this year
but fruits are being consumed. Food values are the lowest in twenty
years. Wheat is the lowest on record-18 cents a bushel in Kansas.
Corn is low and there will be no improvement until the surplus is got-
ten rid of. I feel the cranberry growers are more secure and have a
better chance to get fair values, but I doubt if we would get the old
high price even if the crop was short.

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