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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)

Moyle, W. J.
Inspection of trial orchards, August, 1920,   pp. 63-66 PDF (1.0 MB)


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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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