Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Forty-fifth annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., December 2, 1931. Forty-fifth summer convention, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., August 18, 1931
Scott, A. B.
Address, pp. 29-30 PDF (517.3 KB)
WISCONSIN CRANBERRY GROWERS' ASSOCIATION 29 ADDRESS By PRESIDENT A. B. ScorT The results of another season's planning and work are being marshaled before us for our consideration. Poor growing conditions were responsible for short crops in some sections of the state, and while the first estimate of the Wisconsin crop indicated a large pro- duction, over 50,000 barrels for the kind of a year we had, the actual production was probably less than 40,000 barrels. The principal rea- son for lower production was the abnormally dry season. Bogs with- out a plentiful supply of water were unable to have the advantage of sub-irrigation, which is essential for the proper growth of the cran- berry, and were also unable to protect their crops from the disastrous frost that occurred the last of August. On the other hand, bogs with an ample supply of water gave good crop returns. Many growers re- port that cranberries did not keep as well as last year's crop. This, coupled with the low price, did not make this year a banner year for the cranberry grower. This loss, however, is not to be compared with that of familiar faces of friends and willing workers of our association who have been tak- en from us, and for which we can only express our deepest regret and sympathy. The unusually dry season has brought about two questions of in- terest to cranberry growers. One is the increase of fire insurance rates on cranberry warehouses, and the second is the matter of conservation of natural resources. Despite the long address and inferred assistance promised by Mr. Timbre of the Inspection Bureau at our last winter meeting, the fire insurance rates on cranberry warehouses have been raised over 57 per cent. This is due to a reclassification of the risk. Cranberry warehouses have been placed under a classification that takes a higher rate. One of the reasons, I am told, is the possible hazard of a running fire, brought to the attention of the inspector by the many forest fires that occurred last summer and this. Mr. McCall of Tomah, who is writing insurance for some clients, has been working with me on this matter of decreasing insurance rates, and I have succeeded in getting Mr. Mortensen, insurance com- missioner at Madison, to grant the association a hearing, at which the association can present an argument against the reclassification. I tried very hard to have Mr. Mortensen agree to have the hearing here at Wisconsin Rapids tomorrow, where a number of cranberry growers would be available to introduce evidence in regard to the fire risks of their different cranberry warehouses, but he said it was not customary to hold such meetings away from Madison unless a great many people were to appear to give testimony and suggested that a committee appointed by the growers could present the matter just as efficiently.
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