This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
President Barry tells the members of the Western New York Horticultural Society that" In the management of fruit trees over-cropping is a great and very general evil. A tree overloaded with fruit can neither perfect the fruit nor ripen its wood properly and in a severe climate is quite likely to succumb to a degree of cold, which under proper treatment, it, could have resisted perfectly. It is safe to say that millions of trees are annually ruined in this country by overcrops. The grape is very sensitive in this respect, if overloaded the fruit will not color nor ripen, nor will the wood ripen. It is not uncommon to hear people complain of their grapes not ripening and the vines being killed and ascribing the trouble to every cause but the right one, over-cropping. This is an error committed not by novices only".