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)
64 FIFTY-FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF The Poplar orchard is situated on lower ground a few miles west of Maple in the same county. This orchard has been planted long enough to thoroughly try out the possibilities of growing apples on the Lake Superior shore. Here we saw as fine a crop of Duchess maturing on the trees as any one could wish for, the writer estimating the crop at a thousand bushels. Douglas county can grow Duchess commercially and make it pay, was the decision of the committee. The Wealthy trees in this orchard did not seem to be quite hardy enough for this lati- tude and were slowly succumbing to the rigorous conditions of climate and soil that they have to contend with here. Many of the native plums were fruiting this season, but this fruit has proven very unsatisfactory and is not recommended for this location. August 3 found us one hundred miles further south in Chip- pewa county inspecting the Holcombe orchard. Much improve- ment was noted here since our last trip. The young trees had made a fine growth but blight had struck them and Wealthy and Windsor were badly affected, while Duchess and Dudley were comparatively free. In this orchard McIntosh, Fameuse and Tolman were just holding their own. The orchard was in an ex- cellent state of cultivation with a cover crop of buckwheat doing nicely. In an old orchard at this locality we found five or six trees of Duchess and Tetofsky of 25 or more years standing, loaded down with the most delicious and beautiful specimens of fruit we ever saw, practically free from blight, insect, pest or fungus. These trees had had no particular care or attention and were the sole survivors of a settler's orchard of 25 or more trees growing in a big yard.. August 4 we motored over to Weston in Dunp county. Here on our visit the previous summer we had pronounced this young orchard the most promising in the state. A rich soil with an ideal growing season and good cultivation had produced a lux- urious growth. Then the fire blight came and the Weston or- chard was certainly laid low. All varieties seemed to be doing fine until struck with the blight. Delicious and McIntosh seemed to stand it the best, while Wealthy, McMahon and Fameuse went down together as before the reaper's sickle. Prompt and vigor-
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