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
The value of sand, pp. 20-23 PDF (982.5 KB)
Fracker, S. B.
Planning for state-wide cranberry insect control, pp. 23-27 PDF (1.2 MB)
WISCONSIN CRANBERRY GROWERS' ASSOCIATION 23 when the first worm is about one-fourth inch long. Then you can kill them easily. I haven't seen one vine hurt by fire worm except that one spot. I hope the Wisconsin growers will have a good crop, so as to keep up our reputation among our good customers. In Chicago we have a lot of customers of Wisconsin berries. They like our berries. Sometimes we get a premium of $1.00 a box over other berries, be- cause they are so uniform in size and color. We haven't many, and can't establish a market for them until we get enough. A few boxes don't count. A high-class customer with a high-class trade will get them, and he pays the premium. PLANNING FOR STATE-WIDE CRANBERRY INSECT CONTROL By S. B. FRACKER, State Entomologist An entomologist is sometimes known as an alarmist because it is his business to discover dangers before they arrive and point out measures which should be taken in advance. He is not always able to do this and sometimes insect pests and plant diseases prove to be less injurious than was anticipated. In many cases, however, the alarm proves to be more than justified and new introductions often result in far greater injury than was expected. In talking to the Wisconsin Cranberry Growers' Association, how- ever, it is not necessary to take the attitude of an alarmist. From sad experience you are familiar with the damage which can result from insects feeding on the vines or on the fruit, or from diseases causing faliure to set fruit, or cranberries rotting in storage. No two years have shown just the same record but in some seasons the dam- age from this source has been the most important factor in determin- ing the total crop. The ideal conditions for insect and plant disease control, in the case of any farm or garden product is to have the same insects and dis- eases to cope with each season and to discover some method by which they can always be prevented from developing. When such a condi- tion exists it is not necessary for the grower to determine each season just what is most likely to give him trouble or anticipate just when it is going to occur. In the case of apples, for example, a spraying program has been developed which, if carefully applied, will result in freedom from fruit worms and apple scab, and this spray- ing program is used by commercial orchardists year after year re- gardless of the varying outlook as one season follows another. Unfortunately, the measures which have been developed to protect cranberries against losses from pests are not of this nature. The sources of trouble vary from season to season and protective meas-
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