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Henry, W. A. (William Arnon), 1850-1932 / Central Wisconsin : its possibilities and future
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Northern Wisconsin: its agricultural possibilities,   pp. 3-8 PDF (1.1 MB)


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on in our northland, cold weather prevails
continuously and there is the absence of freezing
and thawing which is so fatal to clover life.
White clover is found everywhere in the north,
and, like blue grass, seems indigenous. We all
know that the potato plant thrives beat in a cool
summer climate on rich soil. Central Wisconsin
is already widely advertised for its great crops of
magnificent potatoes. In that region this tuber
has paid off many a mortgage. What Is true of
the central portion of the state holds equally
well for large regions further north. Northern
grown potatoes are more completely filled with
starch and posess a higher, bettr flavor than the
soggy, half-developed specimens of the same
tubor growing further south in this country.
Rutabagas, sugar beets, common peas and garden
vegetables generally are of the highest quality
when grown in the north. A plant that should
be particularly dwelt upon is the common field
pea and garden pea. We all know that Canada
-grows a choice brand of field peas.' Northern
Wisconsin can easily equal Canada. The same
variety of pea vines which will grow 2.5 feet high
in southern Wiscopisin will stretch up to 3. and
even four feet in northern Wisconsin. The yield
of field peas is from twenty to thirty-five bushels
per acre. They are free from the pea weevil,
Peas can be grown for hay and the grain is
an excellent food for dairy cows and fattening
hogs. In the not distant future there will be
factories established all over northern Wisconsin
canning this delicious vegetable when in the best
stage for preservation.
    But I am asked: "What about Inidian corn;
will It grow in northern Wisconsin?"  By the
proper selection of Varieties and growing one's
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