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Cranefield, Frederic (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. I (September 1910/August 1911)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 1, no. 10: June, 1911,   pp. [1]-16 PDF (7.2 MB)

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last past, of the stately lodgepole and 
yellow pine on an area of one hun- 
dred thousand acres. 
  And do you know that the old com- 
monwealth    of  Massachusetts   has 
spent more than two million dollars 
in fighting one insect and it is a 
drawn battle )Inday. 
  The boys and girls will know once 
during our history when we met the 
enemy, the message flashed over the 
lines, "We have met the enetly and 
he is ours." But all the science of 
America has gone after one insect, 
the g7ypsy moth, and it is a drawn 
of m doctor," "but I have a young 
robin here and I am afraid he is go- 
ing to die. Will you tell me what is 
the matter with it?" Of course I 
said I would like to. She went out 
and got it and gave it to me. Its 
eyes were closed and it tipped over 
on my hand, and I said, "I guess 
there isn't much that can be done 
for that patient." She said, "Willie 
picked it up three days ago ott tite 
lawn and day before yesterday I gav,' 
it half of ant angle worm; yesterday 
I gave it a great big angle worm anrd 
I tnt afraid I fed it so much it is 
battle today, and it is going on, not 
only in Massachusett-s, but in the 
other states adjoining. 
  Now, some of yont will probiabhly 
say, What has that got to do) with 
birds? It has everything to do with 
birds; they are the cheik intendtd-- 
the  twenty-seven  nmembers of the 
wood-pecker fattily are tite ptdice of 
the forest examining thlte Itrk -he, 
are the wood-peckers going tipI tiI 
around the tree; here are the nut 
hatches standing ott their heads coi- 
ing down, that nothing may I)e over- 
  Take the family (if warblers aind 
vireos; they examintt every leaf, and 
both  sides of every leaf, missing 
  I was calling at a house a few years 
ago and the lady said to me, "Now, 
you are not a bird doctor-" I thought 
she was going to say I was a "bird 
going to (lie." I said, "Yes, I wi.s 
afraid so, too, hbit not of indigesti,,t." 
"Weill'' she said, "don't you think 
that big amtgh worm was too much for 
it?"  And I said, "No, Madam, you 
shl-otl have added forty-nine more. 
eth telt larter tian yit gave it." A 
Y"1,1n-" robin will cat it, weight and 
:i half in  twenty-four liiurs. 
  As to tlte destruction of insects, it 
is proddititils. 
  We have two hundelmde    weeds in 
Atiterita. according to the Year Book 
if Agricultire. I was horrifed to 
see this title in (ite, "The Migration 
(if Veesds." and I said, "Good God, 
they liave takent to flying."   And 
then I ittought with some satisfaction 
that if they were migratory we had 
tigratory birds as well. 
  Where do the weeds come from? 
  Two years ago I made an island in 
Green Lake. We dug the dirt up for 
seven and a half feet and did it along 
in October and November. I said to 
my wife it looked like very rich 
ground, a nice place for a flower 
garden, and there wouldn't be any 
weeds to bother, so I thought I would 
scatter a lot of flower seeds there in 
the spring, and when the early rain 
and the sun kissed the surface and 
it began to become green, I went down 
there, and  as you live, the weeds 
were holding a spring round-up; they 
were all there, pigeon grass, pigweed, 
lamb's quarters, ragweed, thistles. 
and, as I live, a mullen. Now, where 
lid they come from?      From   way. 
way, way down below, clearly. 
  In the l ear Book of Agriculture 
back about six or seven years, we 
were told that there are two hundred 
aml ninety million acres of land un- 
der cultivation in America, and that 
is followed  by the statement that 
weeds do a damage to this land tn- 
der cultivation of about one dollar 
an acre. That would be two hun- 
dred and ninety million dollars. 
  On a sailing vessel between New 
York and the West India island-. 
there was a little runty sailor who 
had the reputation of never exaggerat- 
ing. One day he was way up on the 
mast. the foretop gallant, if yon 
please, standing on a spar. The little 
fellow was known as Billy Peters, 
atin his shoe string broke, his foot 
turned and he fell to the deck below. 
There was a crowd of men there and 
somebody in the crowd said, "What 
has happened ?" Billy had not been 
quoite knocked silly, and he got on 
Itis feet, saluted and said, "Bill, 
l'eters broke his shor string," anl 
the mate looked at him    and said 
"You don't exaggerate none, do you?" 
  Now, when it is said that 'weed 
,lantie the crops in America at atbou 
a dollar an acre, I would like to st:. 
to that writer, "You don't exaggerate. 
nine, do you?"   For, if they  onl1 
damage some acres a dollar, then th, 
rrop is only worth two, for I halt 
.seen a lot of acres right here in WiĆ½- 
consin where the weeds seemed t 
cut the value right in half. 
  Now, one-seventh of our birds ar 
weed seed eaters and they have enor- 
ntous appetites for weed seeds. Yo 
take the finches and the sparrow- 
and during most of the year seventy- 
June, 1911 

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