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 65 ous methods will have to be applied early next season to prevent a bad stage of canker which will be liable to follow this blight and destroy the trees. At Whitehall in Trempealeau county, fifty miles further south, is located one of the finest trial orchards that was ever set out by the State Society. This orchard is certainly a wonderful sight as it is beautifully located on an ideal orchard slope. Here long rows of McMahon, Okabena, Hibernal, Wealthy, Duchess and Longfield vie with each other in producing bountiful crops. This orchard has been growing in sod for several years, for which the Society can congratulate itself at this time, as the re- tarded growth caused by this method of cultivation has been the means of this beautiful orchard escaping the devastating effects of the fire blight that has caused so much ruin all up and down the western side of the state the past summer. Here again the Duchess takes the lead with a wonderful crop and all the other varieties were well loaded, with practically no blight. From Whitehall we drove to Gays Mills, Crawford county, unquestionably one of the best apple growing counties in the state. However, blight had struck the orchards here also. Mc- Intosh seemed to be particularly adapted to this locality, here they grow perfect, as do the N. W. Greenings when proper care and attention is given to them. - The trial orchard here gets excellent care and is an every day practical demonstration of what can be done in Crawford county. At Baraboo in Sauk county, the trial orchard is located on the grounds of A. K. Bassett. This is a small orchard set out principally to test a lot of the newer varieties. The trees are just beginning to fruit at this time, no later data of practical value is as yet available. Considerable blight was in evidence here, however another season no doubt will see this under control. This orchard is in good hands and in time will be a valuable object lesson to the state. From Baraboo we ran down to Lake Geneva in Walworth county, on the southern boundary of the state. This trial or- chard is quite an extensive planting of apples and cherries and was set out and intended to be a strictly commercial proposition. So far, however, this orchard has failed to produce the goods. 5
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