Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Thirty-eighth annual proceedings of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Thirty-eighth convention, Pavilion, near Nekoosa, Wisconsin, August 12, 1924. Thirty-eighth annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, January 13, 1925
Peterson, R. A.
Address, pp. 13-16 PDF (957.7 KB)
WISCONSIN CRANBERRY GROWERS' ASSOCIATION 15 farm purposes. A lot of it would benefit the country if it could be replaced again for cranberry development. There has been some talk of replacement of an experiment station, and the getting of a fieldman. This would help in developing these lands into cranberry farms or ranches. I notice that your committee met with the legislative body last year and didn't make the legislative body pass the appropriation, but I don't think that should discourage the organization at all. They should go after it again. I think Mr. Macklin mentioned the fact that there aren't so many cranberry growers, and I believe that is the reason why more isn't known of the cranberry industry than is known. You advertise the quality of cranberries, and people get to know them and like them in pies, but they don't know how cranberries are grown. They don't know of our many varieties of cranberries. They just know they are cranberries, and that's all. You know the different kinds, and the immense amount of work necessary to produce them. If more of those facts were brought out to the people it would help to educate them, and the lawmakers would appreciate the job that people have in developing the cranberry industry. I don't know as we could in- vite these lawmakers for the tour of our marshes, but some attempt should be made in giving as big an educational program as possible, and convincing them of the fact that more land should be developed to be an asset to the state, whereas now they are somewhat indiffer- ent. So far as I am concerned, I will be glad to help out as much as possible. I think that a tour, either a local or a state proposition, would be a mighty fine thing for growers of any kind to have. We are developing alfalfa acreage on the light soil in Wood County, and we think it will be a life-saver to the light soil, and also on the heavy soil. We have planted something like 500 acres in Wood County this year, and they have just started. We like to get the farmers together and show them these fields, and show them how they can profit by it. It is equally good for the different growers to visit the cranberry marshes. That old story you have heard about the old rooster ap- plies pretty well. He was a kingly o0l fellow, master of his flock, and strutted around in great shape. One day he strollEd over to an os- trich farm, and finally came to an ostrich egg. It was quite a remark- able egg, and he finally got the idea of rolling the egg home. Then hr called all the chickens to come, and said "I don't want you to feel bad, but I just want to show you what is being done in other com- munities." Even though the marsh you may be developing is a good one, you can always learn from the other fellow. It is an inspiration to see what the other fellow is doing. If you are doing better, you are bet-
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