Report Volume 48

Report Volume 48

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...the height of 300 feet the dew is too light to produce either rot in the berry of the grapevine or mildew on its leaves. Hence we understand why the thermal zone is both warm and dry. I will not venture to say that the grape will never rot within the limits of that zone, but I can say that the Catawba grape is altogether unreliable when planted in our low valleys, but where the vines are growing on the slopes of the mountains they have not failed to ripen their fruit for more than 30 years, whether the season was wet or dry. It is a fact that all attempts to cultivate the grape in our low damp valleys have utterly failed, the plants invariably being destroyed by mildew on the leaves, while the few vines that grow upon the small farms lying high up on the mountain sides have ever matured their fruit in the greatest perfection. In view of these facts, I say confidently that any well-conducted effort at grape culture will succeed, whether it be upon the slopes of our Alleghanies or upon the mountain sides that skirt the valleys of more northern States, and all that is required to insure success is to ascertain where this warm belt is, and to plant the vine within its limits. In the report of the Department for 1867 mention is made of the great success in grape culture in the region near Hammondsport, Steuben County, New York. Here the Catawba and other late grapes mature and reach remarkable perfection, taking the latitude into consideration. These vineyards are mostly on hillsides extending for several hundred feet above the valley and surface of Keuka Lake. The soil is a drift formation, and the surface is thickly covered with loose shale. The marked adaptability of this locality for grape culture may be attributed to its elevation and...
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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236956427
  • 9781236956422