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Wisconsin and its opportunities : illustrated by photographs taken in northern Wisconsin

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Harvesting Timothy Among the Stumps
  This grain is probably the one which
flourishes best in Northern Wisconsin,
and erormous yields are recorded.
Throughout the region one finds strong
straw holding large clusters of grains
which are plump and of the best
quality. This development is aided to
a great extent by the cool summer,
which allows the plant to mature grad-
ually. This is one of the best grains
for horses, cows and sheep, and the
fact that it grows with such good re-
sults is of great importance to the
  In speaking of pumpkins, Professor
W. A. Henry, in his handbook for the
homeseeker, writes as follows:  "At
Phillips, in Price county, large yellow
'Yankee' pumpkins were found fully
ripe during the last days of August
and early in September. These well-
known farm products are highly appre-
ciated by farmers who are in the habit
of searching out a variety of foods for
their live stock, and are happiest when
the farm animals have the most to eat
of the best that the soil furnishes.
Nothing will give our readers a better
Idea of the climatic condition of North-
ern Wisconsin than this fact that yel-
low 'Yankee' pumpkins were found by
us in abundance at points well to the
  The adaptability of this district to
the growth of peas is of importance to
the raiser of hogs, sheep and cattle, as
well as to the man interested in the
canning industry. Again quoting from
the writings of Professor Henry, he
says:  "The pea crop flourishes in
Northern Wisconsin in a way perfectly
surprising to farmers who have only
seen this plant growing further south
in the corn belt. Where corn flour-
ishes best, the sun is too hot for the
pea vine to do its best, and it usually
grows small and spindling, and mill-
dews badly; then, too, over most of
our country there is a beetle laying its
eggs in the peas, which develops into
larvae; these feed on the pea grains
much to their injury. We all know the
reputation of Canada for producing
fine peas in large quantities, and
Northern Wisconsin will prove a
strong rival to our neighbors in this
particular crop.  The pea crop  of
Northern Wisconsin will prove a very
fair substitute for Indian corn, through
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