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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Forty-seventh annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, December 14, 1933. Forty-seventh summer convention, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, August 8, 1933

Chaney, A. U.
Resumé of 1933 crop and market conditions,   pp. 24-25 PDF (548.5 KB)

Page 24

"excellent". The extremely low purchasing power of the masses ren-
dered more difficult the disposition of this and the large crops of
Massachusetts and New Jersey. This economic condition is being al-
leviated in part, but the day will come when a more equitable distri-
bution of wealth must prevail.
Sometimes I feel that the growers of the near future will look back
upon these obstacles with which you have contended as blessings, for
they have called forth in you the pluck and determination that wa-
so prevalent among the early pioneer cranberry growers. Men of
mettle turn disappointments into helps as the oyster turns into pearl
the sand that annoys it. Whenever and wherever possible you have
strengthened your water supplies. You of the Wisconsin River Val-
ley area have turned the Wisconsin river waters into your reservoirs,
an improvement for all time to come, and this action on your part
hastens the day when Wisconsin will rank second as a cranberry pro-
ducing state, and first as a producer of quality. And thus the adjust-
ment continues and problem after problem meets its solution.
I well remember when the sphagnum moss problem was of great
concern throughout the state. It is seldom referred to now. In like
manner the fruit worm and fire worm problems have been reduced
greatly after a study of their manner of life and habits and the ap-
plication of treatments with which to reduce their number. For a
quarter of a century, the false blossom seemed about to decimate the
cranberry beds. It is now generally believed, with the scientific in-
vestigations giving us the nature of the disease and its manner of
spread, we are in a better position to combat its ravages and perhar
retain badly infested areas.
We sometimes hear the fear expressed that the insect pests will so
predominate on this earth that eventual starvation for man will re-
sult; that scientists tell us that no insect group has been completely
annihilated from this planet. However, with our entomologists, who
study insects, their population, their habits, and the problems their
habits give us, together with the observing eye of our field men and
Federal research department, we have ample grounds to believe the
correctness of the Biblical verse, "The earth shall yield her fruit,
ye shall eat your fill".
It is now nearly fifty years ago that a group of cranberry growers
of the state assembled in the manner that we meet here this after-
noon that they might, through one another's observations and exper-
iences, produce a better berry and a better crop.
I appreciate being with you. I always enjoy meeting with you.
I want to say that we did have a big crop in the East, bigger than
we thought. We think 450,000 barrels will be shipped out of Massa-
chusetts, and around 140,000 to 145,000 barrels from New Jersey, with
45,000 out of this state. That is 125,000 barrels more than last year,
and 75,000 barrels more than we expected. They were mostly Early
Blacks. Sixty per cent of the Cape Cods were Early Blacks, and
thirty-even per cent of the production of the United States this year
were Early Blacks. That is a very good berry, but this year they were
over-ize and over-ripe. The Blacks weren't under water, but they
had rains that kept the berries growing and prevented harvesting.

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