Cotton crop in Sacaton was in fine condition


In this year leading up to Arizona’s centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we’ll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Sept. 19, 1912

TEMPE – P. Aepli has just returned from a four-day visit to Sacaton, where he carefully inspected the government crop at the experiment station. The station is under the able management of Mr. Hudson, who showed Mr. Aepli the different crops and explained everything in an intelligent and interesting manner.

Mr. Aepli reports that he found the cotton crop in fine condition, some of it being from six to seven feet high and bearing as fine a crop of cotton as can be grown any place.

The cotton is of the Egyptian variety, the kind that brings the top price on the market. Mr. Hudson estimates that this year’s crop will produce over a bale to the acre, or between 600 and 700 pounds.

At last year’s price, 20 cents per pound, the crop will probably bring on an average of $125 per acre. Picking will begin the latter part of the month or the first of next. Some of the cotton is ripe now but not enough to warrant them to begin picking yet. Blossoms are still coming on and unless the frost comes unusually early and injures the late blossoms, the crop, Mr. Aepli says, will certainly be an extraordinary one.

Another gin is being put up with a capacity of three bales a day, each bale weighing 500 pounds.

Mr. Aepli states that another thing that attracted his attention while there was an unusually fine crop of corn.

The corn is about seven or eight feet high and has fine large ears. From this it might be said that it is a good deal in using scientific methods in raising corn in this country.

Arizona Daily Star