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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)

Page 29

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
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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