Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)
Peterson, P. A.
The poplar trial orchard and my impressions of fruit growing in Douglas County, pp. 66-69 PDF (1009.3 KB)
66 FIFTY-FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF This is due largely, the committee decided, to malnutrition or soil conditions and insect and fungus enemies. The orchard committee suggest that the Society take steps at once to have a professional horticultural doctor make a com- plete diagnosis of the conditions of this orchard and every effort possible be made to put it on a paying basis, as it no doubt can be done. The Pewaukee orchard, the last stop on our return trip, is located in Waukesha county and is of more recent planting and composed largely of the less known and newer varieties. These trees are just arriving at a bearing age and from now on should prove a very interesting and valuable study as well as a guide to future planting in that locality. Good care has been given this orchard and the trees are thrifty and healthy. THE POPLAR TRIAL ORCHARD AND MY IMPRES- SIONS OF FRUIT GROWING IN DOUGLAS COUNTY By P. A. PETERSON, Superintendent of Poplar Trial Orchard. The Poplar Trial Orchard has been, intermittently at least, the subject of much discussion and controversy ever since it was planted until the present time and for the last two or three years a place that the land men "point to with pride" to their prospec- tive buyers of farm lands. This pointing, our Secretary and I have "viewed with alarm," as the very good yields, of the past two years might readily mislead anyone not acquainted with all the facts to believe that this region is favorable for commercial fruit growing and invest in land with that in view. Permit me to give a brief history of the Poplar Orchard: The first block of five acres was planted in 1904 and about the same amount in 1905, but a year or two later it was reduced to eight acres, its present size, and a three-acre trial orchard started at Maple. About thirty varieties of apples and crabs were set out, five or six of native plums, and three or four of cherries. The soil is what is known as Superior red clay. Drainage was one of the first problems that had to be dealt with, as in rainy seasons we could not get on the land for weeks at a time.
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