Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)
Moyle, W. J.
Inspection of trial orchards, August, 1920, pp. 63-66 PDF (1.0 MB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 63 INSPECTION OF TRIAL ORCHARDS, AUGUST, 1920 W. J. MOYLE, Union Grove. Report of Committee consisting of President Hays, L. G. Kellogg, N. A. Rasmussen, W. A. Toole and the writer. The experimental trip overland by auto in the summer of 1919 proved so satisfactory that it was decided to inspect the orchards by the same method again this year. July 31 found us speeding on our way from Milwaukee to Manitowoc, at which place the Society has seen fit to set out a commercial orchard, varieties consisting mostly'of Wealthy, N. W. Greening and Fameuse. From a climate standpoint this orchard is very favorably lo- cated near Lake Michigan and at this time is of producing age. Here the Wealthy and N. W. Greening were sho*ing a fine crop of apples, but on account of the dry season much of the fruit was under size and more or less affected with scab. This disease is quite prevalent in all the orchards along the lake shore and requires constant care and attention in spraying to keep it under control. The management of this orchard is in excellent hands and provisions have been made during the past season whereby an up-to-date power sprayer and other orchard tools will be used in taking care of the trees and fruit and we shall expect to see a 100 per cent perfect crop of apples in this orchard next year. Very little blight was found in this orchard and most of the trees were thrifty and healthy. August 2 found us in Douglas county on the Lake Superior shore looking over the orchard at Maple. Here a year ago a hail storm had knocked off the apples and terribly mutilated the trees, and much to our surprise we found the trees had entirely recovered from the effects of. the storm and were also producing a wonderful crop of apples. In this orchard we found some of the finest Duchess, Hibernal and Patten's of anywhere on our trip. The orchard showed excellent care and cultivation and at the time of our visit was growing a fine cover crop of buck- wheat.
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