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Ranche and Range.
In the Interests of the Farmers, Horticulturists and Stockmen of
Washington, Oregon, Idaho. Montana, I'tah and British Columbia.
Official organ of the Northwest Fruit Growers' Association-for
Washington^ Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.
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Address all communications to RANCHE AND RANGE, Box fififi,
North Yakima, Washington. •
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Germany, it is said, will shut out American oleo
margarine. We can stand any quantity of that kind
A smile should now play around the corners of the
improved stockbreeder's mouth —at least the one who
is stocked up with good animals. Our stock indus
tries have been running down hill long enough, and
now the up-grade seems to have been reached.
Prospects continue to brighten throughout the North
west for grain crops. In the eastern part of this state
wheat and oats are fairly jumping. A very bountiful
yield is expected all over ea^rn Oregon and Idaho.
The farmers are feeling happier than for many a day.
The reason why it pays better to start with purebred
animals is because life is too short for one man to take
the scrubs and improve them. A farmer might be
able to invent a reaper; but it would be a great deal
easier and cheaper to buy one that some one else has
been to the trouble to invent.
Mrs. S. S. Keister, of Kittitas valley, whose writings
on farm and home topics are read with interest by the
patrons of Ranche and Range, suffered the fracture
of her left arm a few days since by being thrown from
a vehicle in a runaway. The shock was quite serious,
but we are pleased to learn that she is recovering
Attention of horticulturists is called to the act of the
last legislature wherein it is provided that county hor
ticultural societies be organized and county inspectors
of lruits, trees and insect pests be nominated. A full
knowledge of the provisions of the law may be ob
tained from the Session Laws of 1897, p. 309, sec. 4.
Full compliance with which is essential to the horticul
tural interests of the state.
The farm papers of the eastern and middle states
are terrorizing the owners of orchards with terrible
tales of what the San Jose scale is going to do to their
fruit trees. On the Pacific coast, where the San Jose
scale is now common, the people are beginning to look
upon it as a pretty good missionary, for it is causing
RANCHK AND RANCH.
growers to exercise proper vigilance in caring for their
orchards. They must prune vigorously and spray
regularly, and trees that yield interior fruit are weeded
out and replaced by thosfe of commercial varieties.
This spraying and additional care is improving the
standard of the fruit we produce. The insect pests are
to the orchard what the weeds are to the garden—our
best friends. With us the untilled garden and the un
cared-for orchard cannot be.
It is the business farmer who succeeds today —the
man who knows what his income and his outgo are.
The business farmer knows to a dollar what his grain
crop has cost him when ready for the market. He
understands the condition of the markets at home and
abroad, and conducts his farm as intelligently as the
banker, the merchant or the manufacturer does his
business. It is the up-to-date farmer who succeeds
where a dozen others make a bare living.
The description of the "ideal dairy cow" as given
by Adam Stevens at the recent State Dairymen's Con
vention and published in Ranciik and Range is go
ing the rounds of the eastern agricultural press as
something pretty good. Hoard's Dairyman took it
from Colman's Rural World (where it appeared with
out credit) and then added: "This reads very much
as though it might have been originally published in
Hoard's Dairyman, but we shall not take the time to
ascertain for a certainty whether it was or not. It is
good doctrine, concisely stated, and ought to be indeli
bly engraved on the tablets of memory by every dairy
farmer in the land." Even such a good paper as the
Dairyman gets egotistical once in awhile. The west
is developing some specialists as good as can be found
in the Union, and Adam Stevens, of Kittitas, is one of
them. This is not the first time his ideas have been
widely copied. He doesn't make himself heard often,
but when he does he commands the attention of dairy
men all over the continent.
There are, as we remarked before in a recent issue,
two small patches of Canadian thistle in Kittitas count3 r.
There are not many thistles there yet and they don't
look very dangerous —but just let them flourish for a
few years! Last year it would have been little trouble
to eradicate them; this year they are getting strong
and "sassy;" next year they will be everywhere. Are
the farmers of Kittitas alive to their danger? If ever}'
farmer will congregate at those patches every Saturday
afternoon and each take his turn hoeing down the
weeds and spading up the roots, they will be saving
themselves and their communities countless thousands
—yea, even millions of dollars. Look ahead and
think of the years of energy that will be wasted where
ever it raises its thorny stalk, in efforts to keep it down.
If you are a farmer of Kittitas county, awake and wait
not upon your neighbor, but go yourself to these little
patches and as a duty to your county mow them down.
Let not a solitary seed escape; and keep up the fight
as part of your religion until they are totally destroyed.