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

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 11: July-August, 1940,   pp. [305]-328

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         H. H. Harris 
O UR first picking of straw- 
     berries was on June 20, and 
the last on July 8. We had as nice 
large Beavers this year as we 
ever had-better on the second 
year bed than on the one set last 
year. This, I think, was because 
the runners on the new planting 
were late in getting set last sea- 
son. Premiers yielded as well as 
Beaver, but ran smaller and were 
more inclined to lose their calyx 
in picking. There were no Bea- 
vers on my patch to compare 
with Catskill, Premier and Dres- 
   Dresden Looks Promising 
   The Dresden yielded more than 
either Catskill or Premier from 
the first picking to the last. There 
were more berries on each stem 
than any other variety. This bent 
the clusters to the ground. They 
averaged good size. I picked each 
variety each time myself, and I 
found there was some danger of 
the whole cluster of Dresden 
breaking off if care was not tak- 
en in lifting the cluster to pick 
those that were ripe. All who 
saw  them  thought they were 
ideal berries. They held their size 
quite well even to the last, rather 
better than the other two on test. 
The plant was not quite as bright 
at end of the season as Premier 
(and few varieties are). 
  The Beaver is inclined to have 
more or less wilted or faded fo- 
liage at the end of the picking 
  The North Star set the least 
fruit of any variety on our list. 
The plant is the largest of all. 
        Yield Records 
  The following are the records 
of the pickings from June 20 to 
July 8 on my test rows of Cats- 
kill, Dresden and Premier. 
Variety Qts. per row Crates per acre 
Catskill    18         738 
Dresden    23%         969 
Premier    21          862 
       Virgil Fieldhouse 
THE     Senator Dunlap straw- 
berries in a plant bed did well 
this year, and they still seem to 
be the farmer's best bet in this 
locality. We like the Premier 
much better for canning or table 
use ourselves. Our pickers and 
those who taste the berries, all 
prefer the Premier. 
  "The Fairfax and Catskili were 
stunted by winter injury. The 
Dorsett had good foliage, but all 
three produced nubbins. There 
were a few nice large berries. 
However, we will give the Cats- 
kill another trial. 
  "The North Star had good fla- 
v'or but had made so few plants 
that the yield was very small. 
  "The Dresden foliage was good 
and a very large set of well 
shaped berries was obtained. I 
did not like the flavor however. 
Our rows unfortunately could 
not be reached by water on hot 
days, and we cut out large 
clumps of oats a few days before 
we started to pick; so the sun 
may have damaged the clusters. 
  "The pickers were instructed 
to grade the berries in the patch, 
carrying a four quart carrier 
with one different looking box 
for seconds. About 36 quarts of 
these were thrown away, and the 
rest sold at a low price. 
  "Although Beaver strawberries 
were available in local stores at 
Sy~c to 10c per quart, mostly 
picked the day before, the store 
ran out of our berries almost 
every afternoon at 15c per 
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fuly..4 ugust, 1940 

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