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Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 7: March, 1940,   pp. [177]-208

Page 186

Popular Strawberry Varieties 
                Beaver Still Leads as the Best Commercial Variety 
STRAWBERRY growers in the 
principal commercial growing 
sections of Wisconsin were asked 
to name the varieties of straw- 
berries most popular in their lo- 
cality in the order of their pref- 
  The Beaver strawberry leads 
all others by a wide margin. 
  Premier is a close second to 
Beaver, and Catskill runs third. 
This, of course, is to be expected 
because Catskill is still a new 
variety and really has not been 
sufficiently tested to have taken 
its place as a commercial berry. 
Tests this coming year will either 
establish it as a rival of the 
other two in favor, or it may be 
discarded for a better variety as 
has been done with many others 
during the past. 
   Why Growers Like Beaver 
   Reasons given for preference 
of the Beaver variety may be 
summarized as follows: 1. Make 
an excellent stand of plants; 2. 
The berries keep best for ship- 
ping; 3. They produce well; 4. 
The Beaver will stand all kinds 
of weather conditions better 
than others tried, especially in 
sections such as Alma Center, 
Warrens and Sparta. 
  Rex Eberdt states, "The Bea- 
ver has fine shape, size, color and 
texture. Premier does not have 
as firm  a texture. Dorsett is 
good, but not as high a producer. 
Catskill is very large, a beauti- 
ful berry, and a good producer, 
but we are not sure of. it as a 
shipper as yet." 
  N. C. Jacobs, Sturgeon Bay, 
says he "makes more profit from 
Beaver than other varieties. They 
are cheaper to grow than Pre- 
Aiier, and can be shipped better." 
     Premier Ranks Second 
  While about three-fourths of 
the growers reporting gave as 
second choice Premier, very few 
gave any reasons for that choice, 
simply stating why they prefer- 
red Beaver. However, Premier 
is an old standby and most grow- 
ers continue to plant a small por- 
tion of their fields to that variety. 
  Catskill is rated in third place 
by a majority of the growers re- 
porting, and a few growers give 
it second choice. 
  R. E. Harris, Warrens, states 
in regard to Catskill, "This is one 
of the newer varieties and is a 
good producer, inclined to be soft 
when over-ripe. The first berries 
are large and good for the fancy 
trade. Makes a good row of large 
  Ralph L. Otis, Sturgeon Bay, 
states, "Catskills are very thrifty 
and easy to grow. They produce 
a crop of high quality and sell 
well on the market." 
  B. F. Lennertz, Bayfield, states, 
"I harvested my first Catskill last 
year. They were very good and I 
am planting mostly Catskill this 
coming spring." 
  The Dorsett variety is rated in 
third place by several growers, 
and in first place by one. Most 
growers, however, state that it 
does not produce satisfactorily, 
but those who prefer it, like it 
because they have a special mar- 
ket*for a nice appearing, high 
quality berry. 
        Other Varieties 
  None of the growers reporting 
place such varieties as Senator 
Dunlap, Warfield, Fairfax, and 
others higher than fourth place, 
and most growers did not men- 
tion them at all. However, it 
must be considered that the 
growers reporting here are all 
from  the commercial growing 
sections of Warrens, Sparta, 
Alma Center, Tomah, Bayfield 
and Sturgeon Bay. Senator Dun- 
lap is still popular on many 
farms in the home garden straw- 
berry patch. 
T HE following letter was re- 
   ceived by Mr. George L. Slate 
of the New York Experiment 
Station at Geneva, in regard to 
the Dresden strawberry. 
  "The Dresden strawberry con- 
tinues to look promising. The 
berries are large, attractive, and 
the variety is a heavy yielder. I 
am inclined to think that the 
plants that you got from   the 
Fruit Testing Association last 
year had been winter injured. 
About fruit time we examined 
the field from which the plants 
were taken, and they were defi- 
nitely lacking in vigor. On cutting 
open the crowns we found that 
the centers were browned in va- 
rying degrees. The grower also 
did not put on very much mulch, 
and it was applied rather late 
in the fall." 
  As we announced in our Feb- 
ruary issue, the Dresden straw- 
berry plants will be available to 
members for testing this year 
thru the Society. Prices are as 
    25 plants ----------30c 
    50 plants ----------50c 
  Orders should be sent at once. 
  "Pick 'em fat, boys" advises a 
man who claims to know. "It's a 
lot easier to live with 200 pounds 
of curves than with 100 pounds 
of nerves." 
March, 1940 

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