Big Apple Deal

This agribusiness report from the September 21, 1911 Skidmore New Era had us bobbing for apples (and perhaps made us start singing, “Hey, farmer farmer, put away your DDT, now”).

A Big Apple Deal Took Place Friday
W. M. Howden Purchases W. W. Grigsby’s 110 Acre Crop of Apples.  Estimated at 30,000 Bushels

A big apple deal was consummated Friday whereby W. M. Howden purchases the entire crop of apples grown this year on the W. W. Grigsby 110 acre orchard, estimated at 30,000 bushels.

This is the largest and one of the best orchards in the county or this part of the state.  The varieties are among bestsellers on the market and the quality cannot be surpassed in the entire state.  Some of the leading varieties in this orchard have been pronounced by expert apple men to be the best block of apples they have seen this year, if not the best they ever saw any year.

The orchard is just in its prime and has had special care all summer and the apples show it.  Mr. Grigsby has become one of the best posted and most careful fruit growers in Northwest Missouri and has spared no pains or expense this year in keeping his orchard free of insects and worms.

Mr. Howden is the owner of the second largest apple orchard in this part of the state.  An orchard of 80 acres, containing from 20,000 to 25,000 bushels of first class marketable apples.  His orchard, like the Grigsby orchard, has also been well sprayed and is almost absolutely free of worms.  We say almost absolutely free.  It is the exception to find even a side-bore worm hole, and a blossom end worm hole is not to be found at all.

An experienced apple man, who was in the orchard last week said that the orchard, as far as worms were concerned would go through with out taking out  a single cull, as the per cent was so small, and this, we all know is a very rare thing to be said of an orchard this year.  All of this goes to show the value and we might say the great necessity of spraying.

A gentleman owning a 20-acre orchard in this same neighborhood has been converted this year to the value and necessity of spraying.  Last spring, he said that he thought the advantages of spraying were somewhat overdone perhaps in the interests of the parties manufacturing the spray.  He is now fully convinced that it is absolutely necessary to spray, prune and cultivate our orchards or cut them down.

Not only is the sprayer a great benefit to the growing crop, but it lengthens the life of the tree.  Even in the Grigsby and Howden orchards are many trees which have died this year and in years before by insects working on the bark and roots of the tree, which they believe could have been saved, had they began spraying sooner. So much then for spraying.  We mention these things that, perchance, we might benefit some apple grower in the future.

Going back to the big apple deal, we also learn that Mr. Howden has just contracted a large block of apples, comprising the two big orchards of his own and the Grigsby orchard, together with a few smaller ones, to the well known firm of C. McNab of Springfield, Mo.

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