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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Blackburn, Henry B.
Report on strawberries,   pp. 65-66 PDF (426.7 KB)

Babcock, E. F.
Does inspection of small fruit pay the grower?,   pp. 66-69 PDF (925.1 KB)

Page 66

Champ on, the great brag berry, is a great grower but when it
comes to fruit it is disappointing in yield, flavor, size, etc., so
many imperfect berries while Fremont Williams by its side is
even later and twice as productive. It is just as vigorous a
grower and all the berries average large, firm and smooth. With
me it is the most productive late variety I have tried except it
might be July. I have not tested it enough yet to know but I
think it will even surpass Fremont Williams.
Virginia sold or introduced for extra early was disappoint-
ing in every respect.
Chespeake Late was a complete failure. Highland will be a
wonder if it does as well another year as this year as it more
than bears out the introducer's claim'
By E. F. BABcocK, Sparta.
The title of this paper "Does inspection of small fruit pay
the grower" naturally suggests another and a greater question,
"Does an asset ation of growers and shippers benefit the grower"
for as a matter of fact inspection and grading are simply neces-
sary adjuncts to the machinery of a successful association.
The Inspector acts as an equalizer in fixing the grade and
comparative value of the product of the grower and making it
possible to bring the entire crop of any particular section un-
der one management and thus relieve the grower of the labor
and responsib lity of marketing his product at a time when he
is much needed at home.
It must always be kept in mind that small fruit is highly
perishable and on its maturity must be moved with rapidity
and despatch. Inspection makes it possible for the manager
of an association to distribute his product to much better ad-
vantage than would be possible had it not been examined and
its grade and shipping qualities determined, as some of it may
be more firm and can be shipped a long distance with safety
while the balance can be distributed to points nearer home to
good advantage, even when all are of the same grade. This

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