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The Yellows In Peach Orchards

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Mr. J. J. Farsliall, one of the coinmissioners of Ann Arbor township to examine the peach trees of the town to discover whether or not any were affected by the yellows and to see that the afïected trees were destroyed, was seen by an Argus reporter one evening recently and stated that the yellows had obtained a foothold in several of the orchards of the town. In one orchard 300 trees were affected. In another, 100. There is no remedy for the disease except the utter and entire destruction of the trees. "The disease is just as contagious among the peach trees," said Mr. Parshall, "as small pox is contagious among people: I can't teil you how it is carried, whether by bees, or not. but if, it gets in an orchard the only thing which will save it is to destroy the affeeted trees. They should be at once cut down and burned up. If in dragging the trees out of the orchard a branch of the diseased tree should touch a branch of a healthy tree that tree will have it. How do we teil ft? Why, the fruit ripens prematurely. For instance, the late Crawfords on the diseased trees may be ripe now. You cu open the peach and you find it a bloo red color inside. It xnay be streakec with red. Oh, you needn't be afraic of getting the fruit to eat. There is a $100 fine for marketing such fruit There is alss a heavy fine for not des troying the trees. The new law is jus like the oíd law that has been in force in western Michigan, only it applies to he whole state. The fruit growers in he western part of the state lost ïeavily by yellows some years ago, esecially in Berrien and St. Joseph counties. Why, every peach tree in one of the counties was destroyed by t. The only remedy is prompt action. Vhy, you must have comniissioners ippointed in the city, for some of your rees are affected and Pittsfield ought o have commissioners appointed. No, don't hear any complaint because we notify fruit growers. that the disease ïas affected certain of their trees. ?hey are interested in getting it out of heir orchards." Mr. Parshall was isked why they didn't cali it the 'reds'' ifistead of the "yellows." if he fruit was a blood-red inside. The question seemed immaterial to him. 'Oh," he said, "yellows is only a name br it." It is to be hoped that radical measures will be taken to root out the dread disease which has made its first appearance in this county this year.