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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)

Goff, M. B.
Marketing of Wisconsin apples,   pp. 81-92 PDF (3.1 MB)

Page 90

Many other inter-sectional problems loom up. Almost no work
has been done in Wisconsin on railroad rates. If the rates on
apples from New York into this territory are fair, then our rates
to our primary markets are hopelessly discriminatory. No local-
ized effort is of much avail in the changing of railroad tariffs.
It is possible by our combined effort to make the quantity of
fruits shipped in Wisconsin look like a regular migration. We
can have any reasonable thing that we ask for if we will ask
for it unitedly. This whole question of railroad transportation
needs careful study from our fruit growing interests. Such
action in Michigan is relieving the situation which has allowed
Georgia peaches to be shipped to Grand Rapids, Michigan, about
as cheaply as Michigan fruits themselves can be shipped there.
That many such inequalities can be found in our own state, I do
not in the least doubt.
Market information is one of the things that is difficult for
all of us to get promptly enough to be of the greatest value during
the shipping season. Much market data is available now from
many government and private sources. But much remains to
be gathered which no one but ourselves can provide. Formerly
the action of this Society in co-operation with other agencies
outside of the state has attempted to relieve this condition, but
this service should be widely extended. We need to know a day
or two in advance of our strawberry movements just what is
going on in southern Michigan. Year after year we have watched
the high southern markets waver and break when an avalanche of
Michigan consignments crossed the lake to be dumped on Mil-
waukee and Chicago. A few days afterward this glut always
cleans up, but in the interval we in Wisconsin have our own
troubles. To counteract this we ought to have advance infor-
mation about the supplies of home grown berries, not only in our
own state, but in Iowa, and Minnesota. You strawberry men
have seen the whole strawberry market fall to the bottom all of
the way from Rock County to Lake Superior within one day.
Unusual weather conditions have brought on home grown berries
through this whole territory at the same moment. But these
questions are far broader than the strawberry crop. The inter-
ference of the small fruit crops of Iowa and Minnesota is some-
times very great with our cherries, and later with our early apples.
To be intelligent shippers we should know about these things

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