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SdMirniNf, ABOUT POTATOES.
There are 300 acres of potatoes un
der the artesian well in the Moxee,
and every one who has seen them con
cedes that a yield of 300 bushels of the
succulent "murphy" per acre is not too
much to expect. Messrs. Ross and
Mills were figuring on the possibili
ties opened up with this enormous
yield in view. The figures were some
what startling, and the reporter made
some investigations on the subject.
He found that in hauling potatoes
from the Moxee, an ordinary team will
make two trips a day. A wagon of
the ordinary farm variety will not
hold an average of over forty-five
bushels. Thus, making two trips a
day, one man with a team will bring
90 bushels per day into town. It will,
therefore, take him 3J4 days to haul
the proceeds of an acre, and it will
take one man three years, working
half of the Sundays, to bri-ng in the
product of those 300 acres.
The total product of the 300 acres
will, of course, be 90,000 bushels.
Commission men say that usually 330
bushels fill a car. At that rate it
would require 273 cars to transport the
product to market should the yield be
300 bushels per acre. Now, the freight
cars of the Northern Pacific are 33
feet in length; it follows, then, that
273 cars would make a train over a
mile and and a half in length, or
about fifteen train loads of the ordi
nary length; and this is for merely
the product of 300 acres. When you
stop to reflect that there are several
thousand acres of potatoes in this
great Yakima valley, why !
At last definite arrangements have
been made for utilizing- the surplus
milk of this region. For the present
it will be converted into cream at
Yakima City; later possibly a butter
outfit will be added. Mr. W. H. Car
penter is the man who has had the vim
to embark in the enterprise. J. H.
Carpenter puts up the building and W.
H. puts in the machinery, will buy the
milk and conduct the business. Mr.
Randall, an experienced cheese maker
from the east, will attend to the prac
tical work of the factory.
The building' is to be 24x40 feet, with
18-foot posts. The vat, press and
other machinery and utensils were
purchased of C. G. Wickson & Co.,
Portland, throug-h their eflk-ient sales
man, P. B. Adams. The capacity of
the vat is 600 gallons; press, 40 cheeses
per day. All will be in readiness for
operation about June 8.
To begin with, $1 per 100 pounds
will be paid for the milk. It is the in
tention of manager Carpenter to grow
pork largely in connection with the
business. He expects to start in with
milk from 150 to 200 cows, though the
capacity of the factory will be suffi
cient for three times that amount.
Without doubt the number of cows in
the immediate vicinity of Old Yakima
will be greatly increased within the
next twelve months. The citizens of
that place are alive to the importance
of the enterprise, and are lending it
every aid in their power.
In speaking about tomato blight the
other day with J. G. Evans, he said that
he was very sure it was caused by an
insect. A moth deposits eggs at the
root of the young plant. From these
small white "maggots" are hatched
that at once begin boring into the
stalk and work their way up, causing
the plant to wither by consuming its
substance. He has never been able to
identify the moth that deposits the
eggs, but will attempt to do so this
season. It is Mr. Evans' opinion that
those who attribute the disease to
other sources are mistaken, as will be
proven by a more thorough investiga-
Close observation this spring should
settle this disputed point. Mr. Evans
proposes to try protecting his plants
this year by saturating the soil about
them with whale-oil soap emulsion.
In his opinion the protection afford
ed by the shading by corn or other
plants is accounted for simply upon
the theory that the insects deposit
their eggs upon the corn, etc., in pref
erence to the tomato plants.
WAWAWAI HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.
An active horticultural society was
organized at Wawawai, in the Snake
river country, last week. C. A. Ton
neson and D. M. Jessee, of the state
horticultural board, were present. D.
M. Holt was elected president, William
Batty vice president, L,. J. Lindley
secretary, and John Wolf treasurer.
The president, vice president and sec
retary were named to constitute the
executive committee provided for in
the constitution, which had been pre
viously adopted. Prof. Elton Fulmer,
Prof. C. V. Piper and D. W. King were
elected honorary members of the so
ciety. A committee on transporta
tion was appointed, who will draft a
letter to the railroad companies set
ting forth the demands of the society
and notifying said roads to be present
by representatives at a meeting of the
society to be held at Wawawai on Sat
urday, May 26, and to come prepared
to make specific arrangements with
the society regarding the shipment of
Justice O'Halloran —Have you any
children, Mrs. Kelly?
Mrs. Kelly—l hoy two livin' an' wan
married.—Boston Home Journal.
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west. You furnish the Two Bits:
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