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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Cranefield, Frederic
Annual report of secretary,   pp. 58-62 PDF (1.3 MB)


Page 61

WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
served to strengthen my opinion in that respect and the season
just passed served to clinch it. Thousands of barrels of winter
apples are now lying under the snowbanks in New York and
Michigan and those sold brought the grower from 25c to $1.00 a
bushel. Long before these apples ripened Wisconsin growers had
sold their fall apples for $6, $8 and $10 a barrel.
In this proposed development of fruit growing there are two
distinct lines of procedure open to us; first to promote the devel-
opment of large commercial orchards, urging the extension of
these already planted and opening new districts; secondly, en-
couragement to the smaller grower. There are splendid opportu-
nities near cities of two thousand population or more for enter-
prising growers to plant orchards of five to ten acres to supply
local markets. When we have accomplished the planting and or-
ganized the co-operative marketing, not alone in the different com-
munities but a state-wide organization, it still remains for the
growers to get in touch with similar organizations in other states.
Until recently fruit growing was the only major branch of agri-
culture that had no national organization. There is now, how-
ever, a new light on the horizon. The American Pomological
Society, having seventy-five years of honorable history back of it,
has been reorganized so as to include commercial fruit growing in
its activities. You will I am sure be satisfied if not pleased to
know that representatives of this Society authorized by your
executive committee have had a prominent part in shaping the
policies of this new organization which promises much good for
the fruit growing industry.
Rural Planning is not dead, only drowsing, and will wake up
soon. This great work, or work that may be made great, is in
the hands of the Rural Planning Commission, with whom we have
offered to co-operate. Let us join hands with every department
in promoting this work.
I have mentioned only a few of the things we ought to do.
There are so many others that a mere recital would take many
pages. I have enumerated only those which are so near to us
that we cannot avoid seeing them. A broader policy, one looking
ahead fifty or one hundred years, would fill a volume.
Your Secretary realizes that this report might have been more
consistent had it begun with a record of accomplishments during
the past year rather than suggestions for the future, but that
which has been-done is merely history, that which remains to be
done concerns us most.
Your officers and executive committee have aimed to execute
to the best of their abilities the work before them.
The Trial Orchard work is declining in extent owing to the
fact that the contracts under which the orchards were held are
maturing and no new ones have been executed. It has been the
policy of the committees in charge of this work that it be allowed
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