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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Cranefield, F.
Report of superintendent of field work for 1909,   pp. 86-89 PDF (1.1 MB)


Page 88


88      WISCONSIN STATE HORTCULTURAL SOCIETY.
piece of rank foolishness as the idea of raising apples as far
north as Wausau seemed too ridiculous for serious consideration.
We have now proved beyond any doubt whatever that good
apples can be grown profitably in Marathon County. I might
give you in detail the history of this orchard since 1904, and
write at length about the splendid crops of fruit in 1905-7-9
but in the end nothing more would be told than as stated "We
have proved beyond any doubt whatever that good apples can
be grown profitably in Marathon County." The full signifi-
cance of this can only be realized by those who know the extent
of the wonderful "cut-over" and hardwood regions of Central
Wisconsin. There are millions of acres of land in Central Wis-
consin as good or better orchard land than that on which the
Wausau orchard is located. The story of the 1909 crop in this
orchard will be given in full by Mr. Marsh who purchased and
handled the crop. When you learn from his report of the in-
terest shown by the people of Central Wisconsin I have no doubt
you will agree with me that the Wausau orchard has been worth
many times its coot,
GAYS MILLS AND MANITOWOC: Of these two orchards there is
but little to be said at this time. The losses were very slight the
past season, all trees made a thrifty growth and the orchards are
promising in every particular.
One acre of grapes was added to the Gays Mills plantation
last spring. The following varieties were planted:  Moores
Early, Concord, Worden, Brighton and Niagara.
SPARTA: We have not met with any startling degree of success
so far in the Sparta vineyard but we hope for better results in the
future. Owing to a combination of unfavorable circumstances
it was necessary to renew nearly one-half of the plantation last
season and considerable of the new setting failed to start this
year. A portion of the vines should bear next year and one or
two years hence we should be marketing grapes from Sparta.
NEW ORCHARDS.
WHITEHALL: Two new orchards were located in the summer
of 1908 by the Trial Orchard Committee. One of these is on the
farm of the County Insane Asylum about 2 miles from White-
hall, the county seat of Trempealeau County.
The orchard comprises five acres and was planted May 7th,
1909, one acre each of the following varieties: McMahan, Qls?-


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