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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)

Melville, James W.
A Chippewa County orchard of 60 acres,   pp. 99-104 PDF (1.2 MB)


Page 101


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The President: A very strong endorsement and compliment
to the influence of our State Society.  Now, we will listen to
questions.
Mr. G. J. Kellogg: How many Wealthys have you now?
Mr. Melville: Nearly 4,500.
Dr. Loope: What will you take for a half interests
Mr. Melville: I would not sell them.  When I first read
your Horticultural Reports, you recommended the Wealthy as
a market apple and a cooking apple, and I said that was the
apple for me to plant. I planted others in an experimental way,
some proved all right and some have not.
Mr. Palmer: About what time does the Wealthy ripen there?
Mr. Melville: It does not ripen the same every year, usually
in October. This year a snow storm in October caught me with
700 bushels of Wealthys on the trees; it hurt the greenings and
hurt all the pale-colored apples, but the Wealthy and other red
apples it did not hurt at all.
Mr. Palmer: Do you Wealthys all ripen at the same time, or
do you make more than one picking?
Mr. Melville: I make three or four pickings.
Mr. Bryant: I understood you planted your trees thirty feet
by twelve feet, is that correct?
Mr. Melville: That is correct.
Mr. Bryant: We in Illinois think that is pretty close for
trees in a row.
Mr. Melville: It would be close for a Northwestern Greening,
or a large tree; I know my Wealthys were planted pretty close
in some places, but they grow just as good crops.
Mir. Bryant: Do you ship your apples out, Mr. Melvillet
Mr. Melville: We ship the Duchess out, because they over-
crowd the local market, but we do not ship Wealthy out, be-
cause we cannot supply the local market.
Mr. Bryant: For how much did they sell?
Mr. Melville: Never sold them for less than a dollar.
Mr. Bryant: What has been your average price for the
Duchess?
Mr. Melville: Never sold them below 75 cents. We started
in at $1.00 but they got down to 75 cents before the season was
over.
Mr. Knight: Does your Wealthy overload?
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