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Asa rule, the only native growth upon it
is sage-brush aud a few hardy herbaceous
plants. As those cover not a tenth part of
the surface, and all are of small growth, the
land is easy to clear aud smooth in readi
ness for planting; the whole scarcely, if
any, mure laborious or expensive than the
preparation of the virgin prairie soil of the
Mississippi valley. L. H. E.
A BEET SUGAR MEETING.
Editor The Ran-ch: I was a subscriber
to the American Garden, edited by your
self and associates, until November last,
when it changed in management. I was
very much pleased to learn you had decided
to locate in North Vakima and engage in
the publication of an agricultural and horti
cultural paper. We need a live, practical
journal devoted to farming and fruitgrow
ing. To gain practical information through
an agricultural paper, it should be located
where it can note the conditions of climate,
noil and cultivation A paper located where
they are dependent upon rain is of little
value in an irrigating country. The Rural
Northwest comes the nearest to filling the
requirements of any paper published so far
in the northwest. The Ranch, under your
management, cannot but prove a success.
Sinco the publication of an article on beet
sugar in tho Yakima Herald, quite a num
ber have spoken to me upon the subject;
all feel interested in the establishment of a
beet sugar factory, an:l will obligate them
selves to plant a certain number of acres to
beets. I would suggest calling a mass meet
ing of the farmers and those interested to
meet at North Yakima Saturday, January
27. By that time we could have certain
data to lay before the meeting verifying
statements already made, and hav# a general
discussion upon the subject.
C L. Gano, Moxee.
Broom Corn on the Ahtanum.
Messrs. Parker & Fisk exhibit some fine
brooms, the product of the culture of broom
corn in '93. They cultivated ten acres
under irrigation, getting a yield of over
three tons of superior broom on the lot,
which is a good average yield. This year
they will put in 25 acres and open a factory
in North Yakima, to be nearer to labor and
market. Several other parties will proba
bly engage in the industry this year.
Messrs. J. E. Schwarlze & Sons are reported
to have had fine success with their 20 acres
of broom corn on Knob Hill.
A young bee sheds its skin half a dozen
times before getting its win^s.
Some bee writers say that drones from
imported queens are just as good as any.
A inieroscopist says that a queen bee
has 5,000 eye*, a worker 6,000 and a drone
double that number. Possioly.
Ants often trouble bees. A French bee
journal recommends scattering pulverized
crude napthaline iv places frequented by
Alfalfa furnishes beea plenty of work
all the season in this part of the ntat«.
CO-OPERATIVE FRUIT SHIPPING.
The time is at hand when the fruit
growers of eastern Washington should
organize for mutual benefit and protection
if they wish to secure the best results
from the products of their orchards the
ensuing year. It is estimated that we
will ship 1,000 car-loads the coming sea
son, and of this number Yakima will
contribute 250. At this writing nothing
has been done towards securing a market,
or special facilities in transportation. It
has been thoroughly demonstrated in Cal
ifornia that only thorough co-operation
can the small grower expect to reaHza
any margin of profit from his orchard.
The numerous successful organizations of
this kind in California speak for them
selves and surely what has proved of
great benefit to the growers of that state
will prove equally beneficial to the grow
ers of eastern Washington. I advocate an
organization similar to that of the "Cal
ifornia Fruit Union." This organization
is composed of growers Jill over the north
ern and central part of the state. They
have one head office, with local branches
or agents at each shipping point. The
phenominal success of this combination
of growers from the start, is well known
to all who have made a study of "how to
market our fruit." It is only through
some such organization that the growers
of Eastern Washington can expect to
secure uniformity in their system of pack
ing and in the package?, the highest
market prices, and last but not least
"fast time and low freight rates."
Geo. 0. Mitchell.
[Mr. Mitchell has had seven or eight
years'experience as manager and shipper
for fruit-growers' associations in Cali
fornia. His knowledge of this business
will be appreciated by Yakima fruit
growers. The Ranch is open for brief,
pointed discussion of this important busi
Horticulturists in Washington, as else
where, differ in opinion regarding the best
time to plant trees—spring or fall, which
means about this; If yon Deed an orchard
and did not put out the trees last tall,
stick them in next spring. Xo use to
waste a year by waiting for fall to come
around. Choose few and on!}' well ttie.l
varieties except to experiment with in a
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