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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)

What shall the farmers do with their orchards?,   pp. 148-152 PDF (1.3 MB)


Meyer, Arno
Young men in old orchards,   pp. 152-155 PDF (954.1 KB)


Page 152


1FIFTY-FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF
whitewashing outfit from a local concern, and gat a man out
there and he started the job at 15 cents a tree, and he worked the
same as we all would, wanted to see how many trees he could
cover in an hour. The first spraying did not prove successful.
Finally Mr. Keiffer came to our assistance and showed this man
how to spray, and the remaining four sprays were put on more
carefully and a little more scientifically, and the final result was,
we have had a fair crop of apples. Last .year, 1919, we did not
have an apple to put in the cellar in the fall, from 225 to 250
trees; there may have been a few, but the trees were so badly
infested that we did not feel we wanted to try to store them, but
this year I am pleased to say that we sold in the neighborhood of
200 bushels and we have a goodly supply in our cellar.
We are very much enthused over this project in horticulture
and we hope it can be carried out. It is surely going to prove
very beneficial in Dodge county, which was evidenced by the
interest taken by the farmers at the Dodge County Fair. We
had had inquiries from orchardists that really we owe to the
display of our apples made by the Station or at the fair. The
final decision of the Spring Brook farm is that we are ready
to purchase a power sprayer for our own use and try to make
la real orchard of our own, out of a farmer's orchard.
YOUNG MEN IN OLD ORCHARDS
MR. ARNO MEYER, Cascade.
(From Reporter's Transcript.)
I live in a section of the state that is devoted entirely to dairy-
ing. Every one of these old homesteads at one time had a large
orchard which has gradually gone down to decay, until probably
there is only one-fifth of the trees left. It is these old hardy
trees that withstood the hardship of all these years that have
appealed to me for aid. They have never received any protec-
tion from insect pests, diseases or decay.
My home is in the western part of Sheboygan county.
First, I rented some orchards of our very promising varieties
and to these I applied a very thorough spray. My work was
begun in the year 1916, and in order to carry the work along, I
sprayed a few farm orchards as a side line. The following year
I continued the work with about twice as many trees on the list.
Then for the two years I was in service this work was neglected.
Now, on my return there are so many requests to resume this
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