Mail Tribune 100, March 15, 1919
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March 15, 1919
BRIGHT PROSPECTS FOR BANNER FRUIT CROP OF VALLEY
Prospects were never brighter for a big fruit crop than at the present time because of the great amount of moisture in the ground, the shortening of the frost danger of buds this year than for years, and the heavy setting of the apple and pear trees with fruit buds. Some of the most optimistic of the fruit growers are enthusiastically predicting an apple and pear crop of 2,000 cars next fall.
While County Agricultural Agent Cate agrees the prospects never appeared brighter for a large fruit crop yet he warns not to be too optimistic about the frost outlook, and points out that May 21st last year there was a heavy frost of from 22 to 30 degrees, and April 3rd a severe frost of 18 degrees in the valley and 22 degrees in Medford. And two years ago on May 12 there was a severe frost of 26 degrees.
A prediction of 2,000 cars for the entire valley this year seems to require much optimism, as the highest previous crops of apples and pears did not approach anywheres near that number of cars.
But with the glorious prospects and abundant late moisture this year there is a thorn with the rose, as on account of the saturated ground and continued rains the orchardists are so far behind with their spraying for scale that the majority of them will abandon any further attempt at spraying this year, and this will have a tendency to allow the scale to increase. In some of the orchards located in sticky soil in the past week or two attempts to spray resulted in the spraying apparatus being mired so fast in the mud that it was with great difficulty that the spraying wagons and horses were extricated and gotten back to the barns.
If the rains should stop and seasonable weather come from now on it would probably take three weeks or a month before the most of the fruit buds would be out in full blossom.
Steelhead trout eggs taking has just begun at the Elk Creek and Applegate stations, states Hugh Mitchell, state superintendent of the hatcheries for the United States Bureau of Fisheries, who is here on a trip of inspection. Approximately 100,000 eggs have been taken at each station and it is expected that the usual total of from three to five million eggs will be taken here before the egg-taking season ends, May 1. Approximately 1,250,000 chinook salmon fry are held at the Elk creek hatchery for liberation this spring and summer.