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Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association / Transactions of the Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association, including a full report of the industrial convention held at Neenah, Wisconsin, February, 1886. Together with proceedings of the Association for 1884, to January 1, '86
Vol. XI (1886)

Brainerd, James [Brainard]
Grapes, their culture, and how to bring them to early maturity,   pp. 222-233 PDF (2.4 MB)

Page 232

Mr. Huntley - I want to ask about the Brighton.
Mr. Schaub - I have the Brighton. I call them the best
grape I have. They are good growers, one of the best
grapes of new varieties, good keepers.
Mr. Huntley -Of all the rapid growers I never saw any-
thing commence with the Niagara. I sent for a few after
the meeting of the Horticultural Society last summer. I
set them out. Those I set out made nineteen feet of wood.
Mr. Fisk - They are not Niagara.
Mr. Huntley - We got them of persons who claim to have
a monopoly of that plant.
Mr. Brainard - In the course of twenty-nine years I have
been raising grapes over twenty. I have been exhibiting
grapes, I have had a great many competitors at these fairs.
Many of them have set grapes and have gone into grape
growing with a good deal of enthusiasm, and I have not
heard from them since; and looking at their vineyards I
have found that these rapid growing vines are the most un-
safe vines for new beginners.
How many feet did your vines grow, Mr. Huntley?
Mr. Huntley -Nineteen.
Mr. Brainard -I suppose a man who knew nothing about
grapes would not have cut that vine back two buds. Prob-
ably next year he would have left twice as much wood as
should be left. The result would be he would have a weak
vine, a lot of rotten berries. Sometimes in this northern
country where we have to lay down the vines, the new wood
is so far from ripe that we have to cut the vines close to the
ground. I have seen vineyards where they have ceased to
raise good grapes. It is because they leave so much wood.
They have a lot of fine canes that never bear fruit. We
have got to use the knife and use it unsparingly.
Mr. Huntley -You would not get long new wood?
Mr. Brainard-I would just as soon. They will not
always grow according to the books and pictures. I would
not like to cut clear down to what they call crown of the
Mr. Anderson -I would like to ask if you worked the
grape ground when it was wet.

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