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5 > Image 5 of Kentucky fruit notes, vol. 4, No. 2, March 1950

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

9 1 if 5 The above DDT trunk sprays have been giving good borer control where used in Kentucky the past two seasons. Where these sprays are wellapplied, no other control method has been needed for the peach tree borer. However, regular inspections should be made following the sprays and if for any reason good control is not had, the regular PDB treatment can still be applied at the proper time. THE 400 CRATE PER ACRE CLUB j, Homer Miller, County Agent Marshall County Hats off to Charles Cone of Benton, Marshall county, for his high yield of Tennessee Beauty strawberries that won for him the 1949 sweepstakes in the Kentucky 400 Crate ' Per Acre Club," He harvested 420 crates of Tennessee Beauties from a measured acre. Of the 420 harvested, 370 were shipped through the McCracken County Strawberry Growers Association. It was estimated that at least 50 crates were picked after the shipping season closed, Forty eight crates were harvested from the plot on the last day of the shipping season, For this high yield, Mr, Cone was crowned "State Strawberry King" by the Kentucky Horticulture Society during its annual convention in Louisville December 5 and 6, 1949. The berries were grown on level Clarks River "second bottom" land that does not p overflow. The land was in dark fired tobacco in 1946-47 and WGS Set to berries in the - spring of 1948 It had been heavily fertilized with barnyard manure, phosphate, and com- ' plete fertilizer, Set about the first of March, the inspected plants were kept clean and g well-cultivated, They were mulched with l l/2 tons of straw per acre about December l and were topdressed with 250 lb of 46 percent phosphate about MarCh l, Insects had j caused considerable damage in surrounding fields, so a mixture of 5 percent Chlordane and 5 percent DDT was used at the rate of 20 lb per acre when about one -fourth of the plants were in bloom, Mr, Cone estimated that dusting increased the yield of berries at least 60 crates per acre,. A 2acre field of Aroma berries, planted at the same time, were grown beside the Tennessee Beauties and were given the same cultivation, rnulching, and spraying. This variety yielded only 220 crates per acre, PEACH VARIEZTIES VV,. D, Arrristrong A great many new peach varieties are now being offered for sale and mostlof them are being tested in experimental plantings at Lexington or Princeton or with variety cooperators in the state.. Most of the varieties are being developed by the fruit breeding programs of the various state experiment stations or by the U, S, Department of Ag- riculture, A few have been originated by individuals or nurserymen. Since the Ex- periment Station is well informed on new varieties, it is strongly urged that growers con- tact the Station before ordering a large number of any new variety, While some of these are adapted to Kentucky, many of them are not and often time and money can be saved by consulting the University, not only about peaches but on all types of fruit to be planted in the state, Some established varieties are discussed on lthefollowing page , followed by a list of promising newer sorts.