Picking and Barreling Apples, Missouri

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Apple raising, like so many other industries, has come to be specialized. That is, men work at it and at practically nothing else. Their problem is to produce the greatest amount of high grade apples from their orchards. Formerly, the orchard was planted near the farmhouse, and little attention was paid to it. Now great districts are set to apple orchards, and the trees are carefully nursed and tended from the time they begin to grow till they are too old to be profitable. New varieties are developed. Some are grown for cider, other to be eaten raw, others for table use, and so on. The trees have to be trimmed, and sprayed to keep off harmful insects. The ground between the trees may be cultivated to preserve moisture or it may be used to grow grass, which holds moisture. In dry sections expensive irrigation plants are built to supply the needed water. Orchards should be properly fertilized. In times of dangerous frosts, fires are built in many orchards to save the crop. One of the happy results of apple raising is the reclamation of farm land otherwise of little value. Hillsides that no longer produce corn can be made to raise apples. The Ozark Mountains in Missouri are a good example. The apple orchards have given this section a new and highly profitable industry. The men you see here are busy picking and barreling a fine crop of apples. These are picked by hand and barreled by hand so as not to bruise the fruit. Bruised fruit soon decays. Why? The apple crop of the United States for 1914 amounted to 258,900,000 bushels. New York led with 49,600,000 bushels. Missouri, although seventh in rank produced 12,500,000 bushels. Name other apple-growing states. Keystone ID: 16714 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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