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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

Page 316

         STATE FAIR 
         August 17-25 
O NE of the features of the 
     horticultural show  at the 
State Fair each year is the won- 
derful display of apples. The 
trays arranged against the wall 
form a beautiful splash of color 
covering half the length of the 
building and creates a great deal 
of comment on the part of the 
thousands of visitors. 
  This year the show will be up 
to its usual high quality because 
our apples are growing well. 
  We notice that a change has 
been made in the varieties of ap- 
ples listed for exhibit. The num- 
ber of named varieties on the 
plate and tray list is gradually 
decreasing, as poorer varieties 
are being omitted. New varieties 
are being added, and so we have 
this year in the plate classes 
Cortland listed as one of the im- 
portant kinds, with Melba and 
Milton also given a place. 
  We find an increase in the 
number of ways in which apples 
are to be displayed. In addition 
to the pyramids we find "A sin- 
gle layer packed as a ring pack" 
in the top of a standard bushel 
basket. Then there is a "Peck 
basket of apples packed for show 
window display." Another class 
is "Standard box of apples, jum- 
bo pack for show window dis- 
  A man's judgment can be no 
better than his observations and 
[ ERE are some important 
     points to remember in mak- 
ing a decision as to when the old 
raspberry canes should be re- 
moved. 1. The canes which have 
fruited are of no further value in 
the field; 2. Taking them out as 
soon as picking is over may de- 
stroy insects and diseases; 3. The 
canes are less tough and easiest 
to remove in mid-summer; 4. 
There is no loss of moisture 
through the old leaves in a dry 
season if removed. 
  The last point is probably im- 
portant in a dry year. The re- 
moval then of the old canes is 
certainly advisable because the 
young canes will have more mois- 
ture for their own use. 
  At any rate, if we have the 
time to do it as soon as the pick- 
ing season is over, there really is 
no reason for not doing it. 
  Fairy Story-Once upon a time 
there was an absent-minded pro- 
fessor who invested in a new car 
because he couldn't remember 
where he parked the old one. 
  Absolutely-A dentist calls his 
office a "dental parlor" because 
his patients would feel too bad 
if he called it a "drawing room." 
'[N a survey made by the New Jer- 
  sey Experiment Station recent- 
ly, among 150 housewives, it was 
found that the ladieq stated they 
were influenced almost entirely by 
variety, taste and appearance in 
buying apples. Of the 150 house- 
wives interviewed, 66 bought from 
3 to 8 pounds of apples at one 
purchase, 32 purchased in half- 
bushel lots, and 8 in bushel quan- 
  It was found    that 54  ladies 
bought their fruit at special fruit 
stores, 44 in chain stores, 35 at 
roadside markets, 25 from grow- 
ers, 17 from self-service stores, and 
10 from independent grocers. 
  Varieties preferred for cooking 
were given as follows: 53 preferred 
McIntosh; 51 preferred Baldwin; 
35 preferred Greening; 29 Wine- 
sap, and 8, other varieties. 
  The varieties preferred for eat- 
ing were as follows: 51 preferred 
McIntosh; 27 Delicious; 27 Wine- 
sap; 13 Baldwin; Others, 7. (*The 
term Winesap may mean Stayman.) 
  It is noted too that choice of 
varieties will differ in various sec- 
tions of the country. 
       WE THANK YOU 
M R. WILL OTT of La Crosse 
      in renewing his member- 
ship in the Wisconsin Horticul- 
tural Society states: "I consider 
Wisconsin Horticulture the best 
magazine among the many that 
I receive. It is certainly very in- 
structive and interesting." 
July-August, 1940 

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