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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)

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


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W16CONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
work, that this past season I have taken care of over 80 orchards,
totaling a number at least 2,400 trees. To a great many people
it seems there is a difficulty of securing enough work to occupy
the entire time. If Mr. Keiffer were present he could verify
that eight out of ten of our farmers are either spraying or willing
to spray if they can get someone to do the work in this manner.
I am giving them service which they themselves could not per-
form without neglecting their own farm work, and if this work
were left to the farmers, at least 75 per cent of those who were
willing to have the work done would not do it, because the
orchards are either too small or their other work too urgent.
I cover territory of a radius of about ten miles. I have an
equipment which consists of a large power sprayer mounted on
a truck. With this machine I spray my own trees. The equip-
ment is a large 3-cylinder sprayer, with a 200 gallon tank. I can
carry 200 feet of hose to allow spraying in places inaccessible to
the truck. At such times the drivers aid us in handling the hose.
I use the 14 foot rod exclusively, all spraying being done from
the ground. I carry a spray gun, but only use that in case of
emergency when I break the rod. I find that the spray rod suits
my work much better than the gun, because in spraying I cannot
wait for the wind to change, that would mean 8 sprayings instead
of 4, consequently I have to spray against the wind, and if
any one has ever tried to spray against the wind with a spray
gun I think they can appreciate the situation. These old
trees average all the way from 25 to 40 feet in height, and when
I take a contract for spraying I do not agree that I shall cover
more than 20 feet above the ground, and the following season's
pruning will remove that upper portion and they will be within
range.
I use the standard spray materials, lime-sulphur and arsenate
of lead, a gallon and a half of lime-sulphur and a pound and a
half of arsenate of lead to 50 gallons of water. This will cover
approximately 40 trees, that is, the 200 gallon tank. I make
a charge averaging about $1.00 per average sized 35-year-old tree
and this includes four foliage sprays.
Now, in regard to the pruning,-these are trees none of them
under 35 years of age, and some of them probably 70, and from
indications you would judge that these trees had never seen a
pruning, the only branches ever removed being those that had
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