Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Thirty-eighth annual proceedings of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Thirty-eighth convention, Pavilion, near Nekoosa, Wisconsin, August 12, 1924. Thirty-eighth annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, January 13, 1925
Lewis, C. L., Jr.
Address, pp. 6-7 PDF (482.5 KB)
6 WISCONSIN CRANBERRY GROWERS' ASSOCIATION ADDRESS PRES. C. L. LEWIS, JR. The outstanding feature of the present growing season is the unfavorable weather which has visited us. Most of the bogs in Wisconsin are now about through blossom- ing, the bloom being from two to three weeks late. On one about twelve miles west of Spooner, about 5% are still in bloom. Our own vines at Beaver Brook have been out of blossom about a week. Mr. Colton's bog, up at Spring Brook, had the misfortune to be wiped out by hail about the first of June, when his buds were about one-half inch long. You all know that about that time, when the buds just start to grow, if you just touch them with your fingers they will fall off. There was a hail storm that lasted twenty minutes on the 9th of June, and there were two inches of hail on the ground at the end of the storm, so you can imagine that there wasn't much left of his crop. There wasn't enough hail to do much damage at Beaver Brook. We have had two hail storms, which have perhaps taken five per cent of our crop. At Cranberry Lake, which I had the pleasure of visiting some time ago, they have a wonderful bloom. I think it is just as good as two years ago, when they had the record-breaking crop. Their bloom is also very late, but if they have a favorable fall, with the absence of cold nights, they will have a very bountiful crop. A few growers report normal sized berries at this time, and we want to know how to account for this fact. We hope at this time to try and discover some reasons for these different conditions. We know that weather has something to do with it. Every year brings something new in the cranberry business and as our oldest growers have only been in business fifty years we may anticipate a good many different seasons in the future. The chief topic we wish to discuss to-day is the problem of state aid. You know the progress of our attempts to date; the questionnaires we sent out, the replies we got, and the report we made to the legislature a year ago. The committee went down there, and you know the re- sults: that nothing was appropriated at that time. Senator Smith was here and talked to us last summer, and gave valuable advice, and we must decide at this meeting what policy we are going to adopt; and we must take active measures to put this policy into ex- ecution. j Dr. Fracker of Madison is here. He has been our main source_ of information. He helped us two years ago with the insect survey, and again last year with a shorter one, and has shown himself to be very willing to help us. We are going to hear from him, and from all the members of the association that we can get any expression from. Aside from that question, our problems of marketing are most important.
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