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Spraying and Dusting Fruit Trees

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Production Years: 
1916 to 1919
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Length (feet): 
483 (28mm); 483 (35mm)
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Library and Archives Canada: 28mm, 35mm, VHS, Digibeta.
"Made for the Ontario government by a private film company, Pathéscope of Canada, this film instructs the viewer in correct techniques for spraying and dusting fruit trees. The first insert title reads, "Spraying improves the health of the trees and greatly increases the yield of clean, large fruit." Insert titles explain the different procedures, and shots illustrate some of the important points, with close-ups of blossoms and calyx to show how to recognize when it is the right time to spray. The viewer is also shown how to mix the compounds and operate the spray gun. A fast alternative to spraying is dusting, which is also demonstrated. Although presented in a straightforward manner, the second-last insert title reads, "Thorough spraying, careful pruning and cultivation mean big profits. Poorly kept orchards mean none." This ending makes a powerful statement, and was probably very successful in convincing farmers to adapt this method of spraying their fruit trees."