This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
An intelligent South Haven correspondent writes : " I have read some things from your correspondents in Illinois in regard to peach trees, which I should have liked to answer. ' The Vagaries of the Peach ' amused us, because it was an excellent description of the ' yellows.' I thought some more experienced person ought to explain, because it was through ignorance that the dis-ease was introduced here. Such abnormally large fruit, and such early ripening of a well known sort, induced a peach grower to buy a tree, and thousands were budded from it. The loss to our own town can scarcely be estimated. The fruit ripens at least two weeks before its usual time, is unusually large, spotted red, and rather tasteless. Contrary to common belief the disease begins in the top of the tree, one branch or twig alone sometimes; seldom attacks the whole tree at once, and kills it gradually from the top down. Now is it possible that the disease is in the roots ? The leaves look healthy but the small shoots die off in a mass on the bearing wood. The only abnormal appearance is in thickend spots in the pith of the bearing wood. Erysiphi was common on the trees last year, as well as the curled leaf (Ascomyces deformans), but this year the trees look much better.
We have no remedy, but destroy what we cannot cure".