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All crops have made wonderful pro
gress; warm sunshine has beuefitted
fruit. The Skagit, Pra»ier and Colum
bia river freshets have damaged
thing! a good deal —especially in
Clarke and Snohomish counties.
THE HOP SITUATION.
Better weather for forwarding the
growth of the vine never fell to the
lot of any country —warm, bright and
without wind, and but moderately
cool at night. In the older and better
cared-for yards the vines are arming
out in good shape at least ten days
earlier than last year. Mr. Fleming
reports growth so dense as to interfere
somewhat with cultivation. Most of
the yards are twined and the vines are
taking a rapid horizontal run. The
new yards down in the Sunnyslde re
gion are reported in first-class condi
tion. Quotations at San Francisco are
unchanged, ranging from 15 to 16c.
At Portland and Seattle no transac
tions are recorded. A late London
circular says: "There is little inquiry
for coast hops just at present. The
scarcity of English, and possible com
ing pinch for good hops, may yet fa
vorably affect prices." Local buyers
differ in opinion regarding the future.
One of the Pincus Bros, told a Ranch
man the other day that he does not be
lieve that the price next fall will justify
harvestiug the crop. He had never
known a year when the month of May
did not bring news of a failure some
where. This year the crop is promis
ing large results the world over. His
view of the situation is gloomy indeed
AT Puyaijjjp— Commerce says there
are rumors that dealers are arranging
to make advances on the coming crop
on a basis of about 12 cents per pound.
In the Northern Pacific warehouse 35
bales remain. Slight increase of acre
age noted. Citizen sayi Krecl S.
Meeker reports that he can buy tfoud
'93 hops at Be. The new disease re
ported by this gentleman is in the na
ture of a hard fungus, shaped like and
of the color of a cauliflower, it grows
at the surface of the ground and can,
therefore, be destroyed before it ma
tures by carefully hunting it out. The
roots of these diseased vines were
bought of A. T. Long, of the Sacra
mento valley, and whose yards grow
strong, rank, heavy-yielding vines.
This disease has prevailed there for
twenty years, and it has not done
any perceptible damage. The warm
summer weather of the pi'st week has
made hops take a jump, and their
height will average seven feet through
out the district. In some of the van's
the vines have climbed to the tops of
the eight-foot poles in the trellised
yards, and have reached out fully two
feet along the strings.
At Si-mnkk— The Herald reports a
very sensible progress by hops. It is
a forward season in that section com
pared with the past two years. In
some yards the vines are ten feet up
the poles; training is completed and
the growers are busy cultivating.
At Kknt —At every point in the Pa
cific northwest the vines show a
healthy, thrifty, promising condition.
The weather is splendid—all that could
be wished for. Throughout California
the same encouraging conditions ex
ist. In Washington the vines are ex
ceedingly free from lice. —White River
At Bicki.ky—The Banner remarks:
The local prospects for a good crop
were never more gratifying. This
week's warm weather has done won
ders for the vine in this vicinity.
Hop Association Meeting.
A call is out for the third annual
meeting of the Yakima hop growers'
association. The meeting will be held
in North Yakima on Saturday of this
week at 2:30 p. m. This association
did most excellent work last year in
securing pickers and keeping down the
price of picking to the reasonable rate
existing in the older hop growing dis
tricts. The circular calling the meet
ing closes in this way:
"While all our work has been effect
ive in the past, it stands us in hand to
prepare early for this season's crop.
By careful estimate it will be increased
at least one-third over last year's; and
our acreage to-day is about 3,600 acres
of old hops; or a yield of about 20,000
Tree Planters, Look at This!
SEE MY PRICES ON PETITE PRUNES,
1 Year Old, 4 to 6 Feet, $20.00 per 1,000.
1 Year Old. 3 to 4 Feet, $12.00 per 1,000.
Trees baled and delivered to station free of charge. Other stock as
reasonable. Certificates of inspection furnished with
trees. Catalogue Free.
IS, 3?. SMITH, Grresham, Oregon .
_^__^ SPECIAL ATTENTION GIVEN To^====
lliilßgOf pacific coast fruits.
J WHOLESALE I ■
/ 013)1,'Ti TfTPC&X Our experience in the handling of California fruit war
' IrJln\wlll 11 *3?M l(lIlt our soliciting shipments. Telegraphic quotations
<v.iTr \',%rrr.:-\-7~s.t*"/ — / given We aim to give thoion^ly relialile information to
V CHICAGO / snippers, keep them fully posted on our markets, and
\ vnivrxwwy make prompt returns. We at-11 at public auction to the
\<> ILL. best advantage. Branches at New tfork, Boston. Phila
>s»<^ Si^ delphia and other eastern cities. California ofricfij, Sac-
ramento and Los Angles. BARNETT BROS.
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bales; consequently the demand for
pickers must necessarily be greatly in
creased, and our efforts toward .secur
ing- them must be doubled. It is hoped,
in view of what good has been ac
complished for the growers, that every
one interested in hop culture, whether
he have one or one hundred acres,
bearing or not bearing, will be present
at the first meeting at Mason's opera
house, Saturday, June 2, at 9:30 o'clock
p. m., to thoroughly organize for the
season of 1894."
The annual election takes place at
this meeting, and many important
points will be discussed.
Thk Ranch thirteen weeks for 25e.
SWEET POTATO PUNTS.
1 have, at a great expense, succeeded in
fretting through by exurcss from Little
Rook, Ark., a lot of the best sorts of
Sweet Potatoes grown in Arkansas or
elsewhere. They consist of
I, Yellow Nansomond. an old and popu
lar market wort. Productive.
9. Red Nansemond, very productive.
:S. Southern Queer, god, early, very pro
I. Tennesee Yam, very productive; mi ex
cellent keeper; good.
8. Arkansas Beauty, new. originating mar
Little It>ck. Very product ive; claimed ti) be
the best (able variety in cultivation.
PRICES—For I lie first, four by innil or
express, prepaid, 7. r )c, per 100; DV express,
not prepaid, 1000 $5.00. For the Arkan
sas Beauty by mail, prepaid, $1.00 per 100.
E. F. BABCOCK, Walla Walla.