Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Clark, W. W.
My impressions of the west, pp. 205-207 PDF (670.5 KB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. here many of our apples come from these "home orchards" which are given no attention whatever. Prunes are an important crop of western Oregon and Wash- ington, bringing in excellent profits. They require less care than most fruits grown there. Cherries are an important product early in July. Pears and peaches are increasing rapidly and make an excellent showing, fine peaches being produced on three- year-old trees. Small fruits are important also, the home de- mand being greater than the supply of raspberries, Loganberries, etc. These small fruits grow and yield luxuriously, especially when artificially watered. Their quality is excellent. Walnuts are still an experiment, notwithstanding the fact that planta- tions of walnut trees are set out and cared for by some enterpris- ing corporations, for eastern buyers. Fruit of excellent quality has been grown in western Oregon for many years but only recently has it been possible to market it with profit. This condition has been brought about by fruit- growers' unions. No enterprising grower now tries to market his fruit in any other way. My impressions of Oregon during my short stay were most pleasant. The cost of living is no higher there than here, in general. Houses may be built for half what they cost here and the same is true of all wooden buildings. The summer climate is tempered by regular sea breezes for seventy or eighty miles from the coast, so that discomfort from the heat, even when work- ing in the field is rare. It does occasionally get hot, however. No ploughing is attempted usually before the rains soften the ground. After leaving Oregon I visited the irrigated regions of west- ern Washington for a short time. Here, as was to be expected, the growth of young orchards was much more rapid than in the non-irrigated Oregon lands. The climate, however, was execrable to one coming from the east or from the coast. Dry, hot, dusty, windy, barren-the newly developed irrigated tracts seemed very unattractive. The fabulous tales of immense yields and $2,000 land seemed probable enough, however. This last season had been very unfavorable and unusual one from all reports. No peach erop was harvested ill the Yakima valley and the apple el++p was much reduced. Leaving western Washington, the return trip was via the Canadian Pacific. Tales of the magnificence of western scenery 206
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