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Ranche and Range.
In the Interests of the Fanners, Ilortieulturists and Stockmen of
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Brttlih Columbia.
Official organ of the Northwest Fruit (1 rowers" Associntion- for
Washington. Oregon, Idaho and Brlttab Columbia.
Subscription I in advance)
Address all eommantoattoni to RANL'HE AND RANGE, Box (MM,
Nortb Yakimii, WaNliington.
Every present subscriber of this paper should be an
agent for it, and get all ethers possible to take it.
State Dairy Commissioner K. A. McDonald has ap
pointed Dr. J. B. Munly as his special deputy at Spo
Five million dollars will be paid out for cattle in
Washington and Oregon this year according to con
servative estimates of buyers. This money comes
largely from the east.
Once again the farmers of the Inland Empire look
confidently forward to an abundant harvest. The crit
ical season of growth has passed and aided by the re
cent copious showers, the heads of grain are rounding
into plumpness and the fields changing to the golden
color of full maturity.
Old fashioned farming used to be fairly remunerative
in an old fashioned way, but in the light of modern
discovery, and in the face of modern competitions, old
fashioned ways will no longer serve, and unless the
man who farms has adaptability and is willing to be a
learner all the time, while at the same time he is a
doer, farming is not likely to pay.
Farmers who rely upon the fertility of their soil for
success may be disappointed if they do not give good
preparation and thorough cultivation to the crops.
While the soil may possess a large amount of plant
food, yet it must be presented to the plants in the most
available form. Much of the matter of the soil is inert,
and is reduced by the roots of the plant, but this can
be done most effectively only when the soil is in fire
condition and every portion of it within the reach of
A correspondent in the American Bee Journal asks:
"Are Washington, Oregon and Idaho favorable bee
countries?" We answer that the bee-keeper hunting
for a new location can do no better than come out to
this new country. Apiculture, while comparatively
new with us, is destined to be a great industry. We
have a number of valleys which are just beginning to
be recognized for their advantages in this respect.
There is no limit to the bee pasturage. Alfalfa stands
first as a honey-bearing plant, while clover and other
forage plants come a good second. Perhaps no valleys
RANCHE AND RANOK.
offers more inducements for the wideawake, energetic
bee-keeper than the Yakima or Wenatchee. In the
last named there is not yet anyone making a specialty
of this business. If the editor of the A. B. J. will
give the inquirer's name we will be pleased to offer
him further information by mail.
The Canadian thistle, one of the most pernicious
pests that grows has gained a footing in Kittitas county.
The people there should arouse themselves to their
danger and spare neither time nor expense to stamp it
out. So far it exists in only two small plots, and by
persistent cutting back and application of acids it can
be easily eradicated. If it is allowed to become accli
mated it will spread in a very few years to all parts of
that valley, and do damage incalculable to agricultural
$1.00 Per Year.
Dairy Commissioner McDonald informs us that he
finds that the cheese law is being extensively disre
garded, especially that provision requiring all cheese
manufactured in the state to be distinctly stamped with
the quality of the product and the name of the factory
and town where it is made. Mr. McDonald is making
it a point to inform the dairy and creamerymen regard
ing the requirements of the law, and will delay action
until he is satisfied that the law is being knowingly
broken. In such cases the statute will be strictly en
forced, and the full penalty inflicted.
J. E. Baker has been appointed horticultural com
missioner of Washington. Mr. Baker is of Tracyton,
on Puget Sound, where he has a large fruit ranche.
He makes the announcement that he expects to spend
the greater part of his time in the field among the
orchardists. He takes the very sensible view that the
proper way to be of service in his position is to mingle
among the growers, study the conditions of each lo
cality and aid the growers in a practical way in fight
ing the pests and advancing horticulture generally.
There is no doubt but that Mr. Baker will make a
successful officer if he pursues the policy he has out
lined. We bespeak for him the hearty co-operation of
fruit growers in his efforts to better horticultural inter
ests in this state.
There is rejoicing in many an humble home this
year because Providence has smiled on the farmers of
the great grain belts of the Northwest. Good crops
means prosperous times; and with the merry rat
tle of the reapers are mingled the peons of praise sent
heavenward by the fathers and the mothers, and a re
sponding echo is the gay prattle of the children. The
prices for grain this fall, promise to be the best we have
had for half a decade. We have great fruit and live
stock interests, great mining and lumber resources; but
overshadowing all these, is that of grain raising. Up
to the present date the Department of Agriculture
places Washington's prospects first in the list of grain
raising states. The good crops at hand and the good
prices that are promised will wipe away every vestige
of hard times from our midst.