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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 10, 1921 continued

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Sept. 10, 1921 continued

ROGUE RIVER VALLEY DESTINED TO BE PEAR PARADISE OF WORLD

By C. C. Cate, County Pathologist

Rogue River Valley should ultimately develop into a pear paradise. There are only a few section in the United States where pears can be grown successfully on a commercial basis. Most of the important pear sections are confined to the northwest and California. There is no place where late fall pears grow to such excellence in quality as the Rogue River Valley.

The Sacramento Valley of California and other points in California are noted for their Bartlett pears and the growers in those districts are prosperous to a degree not yet dreamed of in this section.

Rogue River Valley is destined to become world famous for its late fall pears for which there are far greater marketing possibilities, on account of their longer keeping qualities.

Bosc Pear the Queen

Some day the Bosc pear will be queen of all pears grown in this district. In this day of specialization we should concentrate on such variety or varieties that are best adapted to our soils, climate, tonnage possibilities, market conditions, etc. There is a wonderful future for the Bosc in our community. We should concentrate especially on this variety for it has possibilities yet undreamed of by many growers.

With the penalty of a heavy freight to our market we should grow the variety that will being the most money when sold and from all indications the Bosc is our best seller. It is also a wonderful producer, comes into bearing early and bears regularly, and the quality of the Bosc is unsurpassed.

We should also not forget the old adage about getting all your eggs in one basket, so we can still play safe by growing some other varieties like Anjous, Comice and Howell.

Long Keeping Qualities

Rogue River Valley fruit has always stood the acid test for long keeping quality. There are many scientific reasons for this. The main fundamental reason is the soil. Analysis of our soils show a high content of potash, phosphorous and lime, that will last for years. This coupled with the fact that we have a suitable climate and altitude, and all that is needed to make this section a pear paradise is water. With more irrigation coming, we will soon “come into our own” and the tonnage of pears will soon be increased to three or four times what we are now producing. Most of our pear acreage is just now coming into bearing and the next few years will see a great impetus in the pear game in the old Rogue River Valley.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com