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)
Richardson, C. L.
The Stanley district, pp. 104-106 PDF (651.3 KB)
104 WISCONSIN STATE HORCULTURAL SOCIETY. Mr. Melville: Yes, the price of the trees and trouble of ma- nuring during that time, hauling a lot of manure on, was the main cost, never cost a great deal in cash paid out. MIr. Daub: What is your subsoil? Mr. Melville: Our subsoil is deep clay loam, it does not change. When we dig a well, we have to dig thirty feet before you strike water. That land is so solid and hard you would not have to curb a well, it is as hard as rock. THE STANLEY DISTRICT. C. L. RICHARDSON. A portion of the surrounding country that I wish to speak about this afternoon is to the east of Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire; it is along the Wisconsin Central Line, 25 to 35 miles to the east. The country over there is a clay loam, or a loamy clay, a great deal similar to the country that has been described by the two gentlemen who have preceded me. It is not at the present time an orchard country, but in the vicinity of Stanley there are numerous small orchards ranging from a few acres to five or six acres, and off to the north there is a large amount of country that is almost a wilderness, which is probably not adapted to orchards at the present time, but which will be as the country becomes cleared up. South of the tract the country is more cleared up and there is where most of the orchards are. The section extends from the northeast corner of Chippewa County over quite aways into Taylor county, and running south of the tracks, projects for a ways into the north- west corner of Clark county. They had a little County Fair at Stanley this year, and 294 plates of apples were shown, all grown within a radius of eight or ten miles of Stanley, and they showed that at present at least there do not seem to be the insect pests and fungous enem:es that are common in other sections. The fruit that was shown at the Fair was of high quality, large size and good coloring, and there is a great deal of the land in that section which I think is adapted to raising apple trees and which would be good strawberry country. In regard to the prices of our land, any person who wishes to go into that country and start an orchard will not have a great i i i
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