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)
WINTEB MMNG. 101 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? i i i
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