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Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 8: April, 1940,   pp. [209]-240

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grass and clover, so that if the 
season is not favorable for one, 
the others will develop. 
  D. E. Bingham, Sturgeon Bay, 
however, states  that he  likes 
sweet clover sown early. Vetch 
is very good if sown by July 1st. 
Rye is okey if sown quite early 
in the fall so it will mat thor- 
oughly, but sweet clover gives 
the largest amount of humus. 
  S.  S.  Telfer, Ellison Bay, 
writes, "With plenty of moisture 
we use sweet clover, but this may 
be rather dangerous as it uses 
a great amount of water. For this 
reason  red  clover, alsike and 
white clover might be safer." 
    Allan Troemner, Friendship 
 E NJOYED   reading the article in 
 the March issue entitled "Will Blue- 
 berries do Well in Wisconsin." I have 
 had seven plants on trial here for four 
 years. They made  very vigorous 
 growth the last two sumnmers. They 
 are moderately winter hardy if given 
 ample protection. 
 The varieties I have are Rubel and 
 Adams. Two of the Rubel plants bore 
 a quart of berries last summer. The 
 fruit averaged larger than our native 
 wild lowbush blueberry. 
 Layering appears promising as a 
 means of propagation where not too 
 many new plants are desired. 
Should Pear Trees Be Used 
        As Fillers In The Orchard 
A T the suggestion of one of 
     our members, the question, 
"For the state of Wisconsin, do 
you think it profitable to use pear 
trees as fillers when planting a 
young apple orchard?" was sub- 
mitted to a number of growers in 
various sections of the state. 
  Answers to the question varied 
in their recommendation. Kurt 
Stock  of Fish   Creek  writes. 
"Pears are subject to fireblight. 
Otherwise they are all right. The 
universal drawback with fillers 
is that you do not have the nerve 
to remove them in time." 
  N. A. Rasmussen of Oshkosh 
states that they use a few, but 
that he does not think pears are 
hardy enough in their locality to 
be profitable. 
  Several growers think it would 
be advisable to plant more pear 
trees because there is a good 
ma'ket for them. This is especial- 
ly true in the Ozaukee and Mil- 
waukee county section. 
  John Miles of Sturgeon Bay 
states he does not see any ad- 
vantage in planting pear trees as 
fillers, but believes that pears can 
be raised p1ofitably in   Door 
  D. E. Bingham, Sturgeon Bay, 
states the Bartlett pears could be 
used, as the spray program for 
them is the same as for apples. 
He states that fillers can be used 
instead of crops which is consid- 
ered most profitable and conveni- 
  Don Reynolds of Sturgeon Bay, 
however, says no to the question. 
He says, "Plant them separate- 
ly." He doesn't like the fillers sys- 
  S. S Telfer, Ellison Bay, states, 
"I see no reason for not using 
pears as fillers. I am of the opin- 
ion that in some instances apple 
trees have been set too close in 
large commercial orchards. 
  "Many   orchardists in  Door 
County who have planted apples 
25 by 25 feet are now finding 
themselves confronted with a se- 
rious problem of making more 
room  for the trees. Removing 
every other tree gives too much 
space and 'fanning,' or cutting 
back the branches extending out 
too far, on either every tree or 
every other tree is not very sat- 
isfactory. The solution might be 
the use of pears as fillers in 
  Walter Schultz, Lake Mills, 
says that the Lincoln pear has 
been his best pear so far. It is 
hardy and relatively free from" 
  Swartz Orchards, Waukesha, 
states, "Pear trees don't polli- 
nate the apples so we do not 
plant them." 
  R. L. Marken, Kenosha, is op- 
posed to the plan. He states that 
if everyone planted pears in the 
orchard we couldn't sell all the 
pears. There is great danger of 
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                     leading varieties. 
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April, 194o 

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