This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In speaking of the last report of the Michigan State Pomological Society, the editor refers to the law in our State preventing the spread of the yellows in the peach. The law was not made universal to apply to all counties of the State. For example, the people of Berrien county were so much opposed to the law that it could not be passed unless that county (and others) were exempt. The yellows 'was then quite common in Berrien county. The people would not attempt to prevent it by cutting out the diseased trees. The yellows have conquered, and sound peaches in that county arc very scarce articles.
In Van Buren county, as an example, the people cut out the diseased trees. Mr. Dyckman, who has sixty acres of peaches at South Haven, took out about fifty trees last year and about the same this year. The Horticultural Society of that place has a committee to look after the yellows. Those engaged in raisins fruit as their chief business understand the law, and are ready and willing to live up to it without any notification by the committee referred to.
There are some farmers in the outskirts of the peach region who need watching. They all yield to the request of the committee when called on to cut out the trees. If they are likely to be slow, the committee take along an axe and do the work themselves, at once. The law is well enforced, so far as I can learn, in the counties which wanted the law and which obtained its passage. They believe that the execution of the law is their only hope for a peach crop - that without this thinning process all must soon yield to the yellows. Some others, as I heard say in Berrien county, believe that in a short time the yellows will overcome all opposition in South Haven and other places where they remove diseased trees.