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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)

Drews, Otto
The Manitowoc trial orchard,   pp. 69-71 PDF (780.7 KB)

Page 71

Now, I should like to say a few words of what I think about
the chances of a young man starting in the apple business in
our section of the country. If I were a young man, I would
not hesitate to do so. I find, however, that in order to make a
success of the business, if we intend to depend upon our local
market, we would have to go into the business of raising apples
that mature in the latter part of the autumn, and we would have
to have storage room to keep those apples until the market calls
for what we have for sale. I do not believe that we could make
it profitable up there to raise an early variety. You see, our
farming communities have many of those varieties, and they
dump them on the market, and our market is full of an inferior
grade of apples. Our businessmen must take them, they cannot
turn them away. There is an inferior apple on the market that
spoils the market for the good ones, and I believe if we produce
apples that are later and have the room to store them and keep
them up to this time of the year (December or January), that
we can demand a price greater than they can get them for from
the eastern states.
I know there is a demand, because I have stored away about
250 bushels of Greenings and we have them in a refrigerator,
and I could sell them any day I would want to sell them now
for $2.00 a bushel, without expense of delivery. We did not sell
a barrel of apples to any dealer in the town, all the apples that
we had for sale were taken right off the place. We graded them
into three grades and we sold them for $1.50 or $1.75 a bushel.
Now, if any young man wanted to start in that country, he
would make just as big a success of the apple industry as they
can out in the west or in the east, but I believe one thing he
would have to have is a good storage cellar. I am going to try
it if I stay long enough in -that place. I am going to build a
storage cellar, and I intend to make it a real storage cellar, and
I do not believe the commissioners will kick on the price. I
intend to build a cellar large enough to hold 2,000 to 3,000 bush-
els of apples, and I am going to ceil the walls of the cellar so
that we can run our pipes in there from the ice machine and keep
it cold in the early fall, and I believe in that way we can hold
our apples until February and March and get a good price.

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