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Cranefield, Frederic (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. I (September 1910/August 1911)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 1, no. 1: September, 1910,   pp. [1]-8 PDF (3.6 MB)


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September 1910 
WISCONSIN HORTICULTURE 
  STURGEON BAY ORCHARD CO. 
          (Continued fro Paw 3) 
  This company has acquired 160 
acres of land adjoining the city lim- 
its of Sturgeon Bay, 150 acres of 
which   are available for planting. 
'fhe 1910 planting consists of 21 
acres of apples, 38 of cherries and 
4 of plums. Of the apples 1,700 trees 
are Wealthy and     400 Dudley    set 
20x20 ft. The cherries are equal 
parts Early Richmond     and   Mont- 
niorency; plums all Burbank. 
  Fifty acres more of cleared laud 
is being prepared for planting next 
spring. The remainder of the farm 
is forest and t(will be cleared and 
ilanted at the earliest possible date. 
  If the record of fifty years counts 
for anything this should prove one 
of the most profitable ventures in 
the state. We need more of them, 
more men who are willing to back 
their judlgment with a little cash and 
help put Wisconsin on the list of 
fruit states where it belongs, just a 
notch above Michigan. 
  Ab)out the timic when the "rain- 
bow   chasers"  who   have   invested 
their cash ini western orchard enter- 
prises with the expectation of get- 
ting $4.00 a bushel for apples are 
looking around for a chance to make 
a living, such companies as this will 
be returning 20 to 25 per cent an- 
iually on its investment. 
  Where will the next company lo- 
cate? Sturgeon Bay, (Chippewa Falls, 
Baraboo, Gays Mills or Wausau? 
FRUIT SELLING ORGANIZATIONS 
          (Continued foro Page 2) 
  By these methods, co-operation iin 
tile fullest sense, flood River apples 
have become known the world over 
I81)d Hood River Valley instead of 
being a pin point on the map is a 
big black spot. 
  Wisconsin growers are not slow in 
this miatter of selling organizations 
by any means, leading Illinois, Min- 
nesota and Iowa, and right close be- 
hind Michigan. 
The first successful association of 
this kind in Wisconsin was started 
at   Sparta  in   1906.   Its  doings 
have been reported in  our Annual 
each   year   since  and   need   not 
be reported here. It may be said, 
however,   that   through   this  or- 
ganization  the  berry   business  of 
Sparta has been rescued from what 
promised to be complete demoraliza- 
tion, steadily falling prices and dis- 
couragement and brought it to a 
paying basis, forced the jobbers and 
dealers to pay a fair price for ber- 
ries and during its four years of ex- 
istence saved money enough to erect 
a fine building.   (See Annual Re- 
port 1910, page 54.) 
  Until 1909 the Sparta Fruit Grow- 
ers Organization occupied the field 
alone, but within the past year five 
similar   organizations  have    been 
formed, two at Bayfield, one each at 
Merrillan and Alma Center and one 
at Sturgeon Bay. 
  We hope to make the selling of 
fruits a   distinct department and 
give froni time to time results at- 
tained and methods used iin obtain- 
ing them. 
  In this way every member may see 
the value of co-operation in selling. 
Remember that co-operation at the 
growing end can be encouraged by 
boosting the State Society, by aug- 
menting its membership and con- 
tributing to I fort iculture. 
     [THE 1910 APPLE CROP 
  Secretary Rothwell of tlhe Interim- 
tional Apple Shippers' Association 
submitted the following report oni the 
1910 apple crop at the recent annual 
meeting of the Association at Niag- 
ara Falls: 
  "I Ierewith submiit to you may re- 
port on the condition oif tlie apple 
crop of the IUnited States amid Can- 
ida   August 1, 1910, as compared 
with August 1, 1909. Please bear iii 
mind that, as ustal, and in accord- 
ance with tle practice of our' assoriaa 
tion for several years, we make the 
last year's crop in  each  state the 
basis of this year's estimate and iin- 
creasing or diminishiiig the percent- 
age as tie crop is ci'ireslpoadiugly 
lightcr or heavier than one yer ago. 
The basis upoin which we arrive at 
the given percentage of each state 
is sometimes misconstrued, not only 
by our membership, but by the press 
in discussing our figures. For illus- 
tration, if a given state is rated at 
80 per cient it means the crop is this 
year equal to four-fifths of the crop 
of one year ago, or if given at 200 
per cent the crop in such state is 
just twice as large as one year ago. 
  '+Upon the important question of 
quality, the quality is decidedly bet- 
ter than one year ago; New Eng- 
land, New York. Pennsylvania and 
Ohio all promise imuch better quality 
than a year ago, us does all of the 
southern  group, while the Pacific 
grouip   ipromises exceptionially  good 
quality for the entire group, which 
will be the heaviest ever harvested. 
  "The Middle West, or Ben Davis 
group, ranges froin   poor to gool 
quality, with a considerable portion 
of it with only fair quality. If pres- 
i,,it prospects are maintained umitil 
harvest time our country will have 
pilenty of apples, all of better than 
average quality, which shouild have a 
good consumptive outlet at moderate 
prices to the consuming public." 
I. A. S. A. APPLE CROP ESTIMATE. 
  Il'rcentag imndicates comparison with 
the 1909 yield. 
         New England Crop. 
Maine ...   ......    120 Fair 
New 1iampshir     .   200 
Vermont .  .  .  . .  110 
Massachusetts         130 
('onnecticut . . .  . 125 
"thode Island          90 
            Central 
New  York 
Pennsylvania . . . 
New Jersey  . . . 
Delaware .... 
iOhio 
Michigan 
WVisconsin . . .  . 
   Middle West or B 
Ililinois . . 
Missouri . . . . 
Kansas . . . . . 
Oklahoma .. . . 
Arkansas 
Iowa  . 
Nebraska . . . . 
Group. 
   100 
   * 90 
 * 225 
   250 
   240 
*   40 
  *20 
to good. 
Poor to good. 
en Davis Group. 
* 175 Poor, to good. 
    40 
    90 Failr to good. 
*  200 
   125 
 * 150 P'oor io gol. 
 *  15 
    40 
Southern Group. 
\Vest Virginia 
Virginia 
Maryland 
Kentucky. 
Tlell] (5  , 
            Pacific 
(ololIdo 
Idaho 
l7tah 
Montana. 
Californa . . .  . 
Oregon 
Washington . . . 
New Mexico 
     120 Fair to good. 
,    225 
      . 5 
      175 IPoor It good. 
      100 
Group. 
*   7o 
  3 ,00 
  * 200 
  * 90 
  * 115 
  * 275 
  3 200 
    90 
               Canada. 
Canada, not Including 
  Nova Scotia  . . .   70 Poor to good. 
PrOv. of Nova Scotia . 40 
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