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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Thirty-first annual meeting, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, January 8, 1918. Thirtieth summer meeting, pavilion, Nekoose, Wis., August 14, 1917

Lewis, C. L., Jr.
Paper by C. L. Lewis, Jr., Beaver Brook, Wisconsin,   pp. 25-27 PDF (691.7 KB)

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tremely practical. We should receive aid from the state on the prob-
lems of insects, fungi, weeds, weather conditions and fertilizers, re-
ceiving the benefit of the knowledge of those men employed by the
state and United States government who have specialized in entomology,
pathology, botany, soils and meteorology. It is much easier for these
men to apply their knowledge to the needs of our business than for
each of us to struggle independently and blindly with these problems.
From the practical point of view we need a balance wheel, a man
who can aid us by his suggestions. Such a man must have had practi-
cal experience in cranberry growing and must have proven his suc-
cess by the only real proof, financial success. His counsel would prove
invaluable to the growers.
An Experiment Station is valuable for a limited number of pur-
poses. For propagation of new varieties it is essential and perhaps
for a few other reasons. The bogs in this state are built under widely
different conditions. Deep and shallow peat, various stages of decom-
position, variations in subsoil and varying opportunities for sand do
not permit of the formation of any code of rules for cranberry grow-
ing. Results obtained at an Experiment Station might not be appli-
cable to many bogs. Fertilizer experiments can be especially mis-
leading. There are many problems which each individual grower
must work out on his own bog. Under these conditions, I believe a
traveling adviser would be of more service than an Experiment Sta-
tion. This man should cooperate with the state men who handle the
scientific end. Their conclusions should be presented to the associa-
tion at its meetings and perhaps monthly through some publication.
I do not mean to say that I am opposed to an Experiment Station
but in the present state of development in this state, I think more
benefit would be obtained by the suggestions outlined above. These
are but my own ideas and may not be shared by others. I confine
these remarks to this state because many problems already solved in
the east are still unsettled here. We argue the question of sand
culture in Wisconsin, they settled that question in Massachusetts 30
years ago.
I am going to mention a few of my own experiences with the Badger
Cranberry Company. As many of you know I started a cranberry
proposition in Washburn county six years ago. I prepared for it in
Massachusetts and came to Wisconsin very enthusiastic over eastern
methods. I copied them as nearly as possible in my work here. You
are undoubtedly interested to know how I am progressing. On the
whole, well, but not without my troubles. In planting my vines 14
inches apart each way I made a serious mistake. I am convinced that
we must plant closer together here than they do in the east. Due to
thin planting and slow growth, numerous weeds gained foothold and  4,
I have often been discouraged at their persistency. But by certain  f
methods of combatting them, they appear to be thinning out and I fully
expect to rid our bog of them entirely in a few years. Thin plant-
ing hss also kept our production far below what it should have been
the first few years. Aside from the manner of planting I am as yet
unconvinced by my own experience at least. that I have adopted any
other eastern methods that have not proven very satisfactory.

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