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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Moyle, W. J.
Inspection of trial orchards, August, 1920,   pp. 63-66 PDF (1.0 MB)


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WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY         65
ous methods will have to be applied early next season to prevent
a bad stage of canker which will be liable to follow this blight
and destroy the trees.
At Whitehall in Trempealeau county, fifty miles further south,
is located one of the finest trial orchards that was ever set out
by the State Society. This orchard is certainly a wonderful
sight as it is beautifully located on an ideal orchard slope. Here
long rows of McMahon, Okabena, Hibernal, Wealthy, Duchess
and Longfield vie with each other in producing bountiful crops.
This orchard has been growing in sod for several years, for
which the Society can congratulate itself at this time, as the re-
tarded growth caused by this method of cultivation has been
the means of this beautiful orchard escaping the devastating
effects of the fire blight that has caused so much ruin all up and
down the western side of the state the past summer. Here again
the Duchess takes the lead with a wonderful crop and all the
other varieties were well loaded, with practically no blight.
From Whitehall we drove to Gays Mills, Crawford county,
unquestionably one of the best apple growing counties in the
state. However, blight had struck the orchards here also. Mc-
Intosh seemed to be particularly adapted to this locality, here
they grow perfect, as do the N. W. Greenings when proper care
and attention is given to them. -
The trial orchard here gets excellent care and is an every
day practical demonstration of what can be done in Crawford
county.
At Baraboo in Sauk county, the trial orchard is located on
the grounds of A. K. Bassett. This is a small orchard set out
principally to test a lot of the newer varieties. The trees are just
beginning to fruit at this time, no later data of practical value
is as yet available. Considerable blight was in evidence here,
however another season no doubt will see this under control.
This orchard is in good hands and in time will be a valuable object
lesson to the state.
From Baraboo we ran down to Lake Geneva in Walworth
county, on the southern boundary of the state. This trial or-
chard is quite an extensive planting of apples and cherries and
was set out and intended to be a strictly commercial proposition.
So far, however, this orchard has failed to produce the goods.
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