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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)

Drews, Otto
The Manitowoc trial orchard,   pp. 69-71 PDF (780.7 KB)

Page 69

chard of twenty or thirty trees if he will plant the proven hardy
kinds and plant them properly, prune, cultivate, fertilize, and,
when they come into bearing, spray. This is all necessary for
best results, but I want to place special emphasis on cultivation.
Had this been the Dairy instead of Horticultural Convention,
I would like to have told you of the wonderful clover crops we
raise up there and the great opportunities for dairying, but you
have probably heard all about that before and, besides, I have
taken up enough of your time.
OTTO DREws, Superintendent.
(From Reporter's Transcript.)
I was called upon by the Secretary to appear before your
Society and give a report on the condition of our orchard, as it
appears to me, and upon another question that was in my mind,
as to whether it would prove profitable for any young man to go
into the business of producing apples in our section of the coun-
try at this time.
Personally, I do not feel as though I ought to come before
an intelligent audience like this, who are posted in horticulture,
because I am only a novice in that line. Although I have taken
an interest in horticultural work for years, I have never had an
opportunity to practice it until I came to the place where I am now
and we happened to have there the trial orchard. When I first
saw the orchard, I formed a very poor impression of it, because
it is, in the first place, poorly located. The soil is heavy and
flat. We get those heavy rains down there in the springtime and
the water seems to remain in the soil such length of time that
we are often unable to do what we ought to do for the good of
the orchard. It is very seldom during the seven years that I
have been there that we have been able to give the orchard all
the sprayings that it ought to have had. Last year we were
fortunate, in a way. We were able to give it three sprays, but
we were compelled to omit the first one and the most important
one, the pink bud spray. We were absolutely unable to drive a
team of horses in that orchard, so we could not do it, but we
got the other three sprays on and the apples showed up in pretty
fair shape.

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