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A Weekly Newspaper
For Everybody Wlio Wauts It
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Conducted by E. H. LIBBT.
Miinaging Kdltor, W. W. Couhett.
Published by the
YAKIMA PUBLISHING COMPANY.
NOUTII YAKIMA. WASHINGTON.
North Yakima. Yukiina:Avenuf.
Seattle, Room", Hinckley Block.
Tacoma, 1113 P:icillc Avenue.
RANCH SMALL TALK.
A box of good winter apples pays
for The Ranch for a year.
Two sacks of potatoes or less pay
for The Ranch for a year.
Send us your name and $1, and re
ceive Thr Ranch for a year.
This is the season for brain work
on the farm. Muscle work is all right,
but it must be well directed, or results
are not the best.
The Pendleton, Or., woolen mills are
in a rush of work. Between 400,000
ann 500,000 pounds will be hauled in
there this spring.
Kittitas county is talking up the
state fair vigorously and proposes to
"be in it" for premiums and for credit
to her agriculture.
The last few days of humid, warm
weather have sent the hop vines on a
race up the poles that is astonishing.
Other vegetation is keeping pace.
Sheep shearing is being rushed in
all the counties of the Pacific north
west where large flocks are kept. But
as yet few wool buyers have appeared,
though it is expected that they will be
on hand in due time. A little better
prices are anticipated.
As yet none of the creamery pro
jects on foot in and around North Yak
ima seem to crystalize into anything
definite. It will be too bad if through
too many schemes a needed industry
is denied us. Better get together, gen
tlemen, and unite on some good plan
and put it through.
Readers in all parts of the country
a c invited to send us notes regarding
the season and the condition of grow
ing crops. These are times when
farmers all like to know what their
brethren are doing. Take a few min
utes and a postal card and drop TiiK
Ranch a friendly line.
Walla Walla lately shipped a car
load of rhubarb to St. Paul. One of
the easiest and most profitable things
to grow, and if a trade in the early
stuff can be secured these valleys can
furnish pie material for every city in
the land. These little things are
worth looking into and promoting.
The hog- industry of Whitman
county is progressing finely. W. F.
Cropp, of Garfield, has 60 head, and
will increase that number to 100 by
fall. He will market his wheat in the
shape of fat pork.
Dr. Blalock's remark that the Yak
ima valley has a brilliant future, not
surpassed by that of any other part of
Washington, is a heavy weight state
ment, for the doctor has 500 acres in
fruit in the Walla Walla country, and
knows fruit as well as, if not better
than any other man in the northwest.
Sweet potato planting1 is going on
extensively in Yakima valley, and so
it should, as the industry promises
great success. Col. E. T. Babcock,
now of Walla Walla, had much ex
perience in this business in Arkansas,
and is going into it to some extent at
Walla Walla, and he can supply the
young plants in quantities.
We notice that in California gypsum
is being used upon alkali lands to see
if the baleful influence of the latter
substance may not be counteracted.
It happens that gypsum beds in some
places there are in close proximity to
lands in which alkali abounds. The
results of these tests on a large scale
should be widely disseminated.
There have been numerous late light
frosts all over Washing-ton and Ore
g-on, but up to date of this writing-,
May 15, no serious, broad-spread in
jury is reported. In some limited lo
calities, where late spring frosts are
usually expected, this year has been
no exception. The outlook continues
good in all quarters of this region.
Yakinia has been sending' a few car
loads of potatoes to St. Paul and Chi
cago —to meet the late spring" demand
for old potatoes. This will give our
Mississippi valley friends a taste of
the best potatoes ever grown. They
will be surprised to find that the big
two to four-pounders are just as sound
and mealy as the little four-ounce
ones they grow themselves.
The Russian thistle racket is subsid
ing. All congressional bills for its
extermination have been reported ad
versely. The committee on agriculture
says the extermination of the thistle
is certain if each farmer gives suffi
cient attention to the destruction of
the weeds before they mature, and
state and local authorities will destroy
them in the highways.
There were over thirty acres of can
taloups jrrown near North Yakima last
year, and there will be several times
as many this season. Of the Miller's
Cream alone, seed enough has been
sold by one seedsman to plant twenty
acres. This increase in acreage makes
the need of close shipping arrange
ments all the more apparent and
doubly important, to prevent cutting
of the market.
Spokane has a bureau of informa
tion, the object of which is to furnish
statistics about eastern Washington
to applicants. A first-class idea. An
excellent way to answer eastern
friends who inquire about the charac
terists of a country and what is going
on therein, is to send them copies of
The Raj^ch or similar publications.
Such papers are an index to the coun
try in which they are published.
Is Yakima making any effort to get
the next session of the national irri
gation congress held here. This
would be a most appropriate place
for it. We believe that if Com
missioner Benson should set himself
vigorously to work to get it here that
he would succeed. The meeting will
be held next September. Why not
make an effort to have it here during
state fair week, when railway fares
will be reduced, so that irrigationists
in all parts of the state may get here
Every farm family deserves and
should have a family horse, that is,
one of those steady-g-oing-, good-ni.
tured old steeds that any woman or
child belong-ing to the family can drive
without danger. We have just come
across a description of a family'hone
that seems pretty complete. It should
be safe rather than g-ood looking-,
though g-ood looks constitute no objec
tion; should weig-h about 1,100 pounds;
should be a good feeder and be willing
to eat almost anything- and at all times;
should be chosen from a family not
subject to spavins, ringbones or curbs.
Color makes but little difference ex
cept as a matter of taste with the
The English sparrow seems to flour
ish in spite of persecution. Charles
Merriam, ornitholog-ist of the agri
cultural department, says the sparrow
is now spreading rapidly over the
fruit-growing districts of California,
where, if repressive measures are not
quickly inaugurated, it is destined to
lay a heavy tribute. The best way to
fight the pest is by the destruction of
its nest and the young. Ninety per
cent, of the nests may be reached with
a long pole and hook. The strong
holds of the sparrow in the cities are
in the masses of Japanese and English
ivy and Virg-inia creeper on the
churches. Multitudes of young birds
may be destroyed by dousing the vines
with water at night.