Will catalog 1918 back cover SHSND# 10190Again in 1925, Yeager published a long list of fruit varieties, titled Fruit Culture in North Dakota (Bulletin 188).He noted that in the past ten years fruit plantings had doubled in North Dakota and most of it was for home consumption, not market. He noted that it is extremely important to provide shelter belt protection for fruit shrubs and trees. He state that in much of ND, fruits such as apples, berries, and grapes would suffer without water. Interested readers were instructed to purchase fruit shrubs and trees from a local company, and to be sure that trees were grafted to hardy rootstock. Oddly, he said that traveling salesmen were a good source for fruit stock and offered good service on what they sold. The plan for the ideal ND fruit garden is in Appendix C.
The introduction to Bulletin 188 again presents Yeager’s philosophy of fruit culture. (for its entirety, see Appendix C.) Race again makes a surprise appearance as he states that “Fruit is essential to the happiness of the white man.” He also incorporates some of the ideas of the Country Life Movement as he wrote: “. . . every home in North Dakota will have its fruit garden, which shall add joy to the hearts of the youngster developing with it, and make sweet the memories of the older generation.”
Yeager (along with David Podoll) believed that “the people of North Dakota . . . may . . . undertake practical breeding work themselves.” (Bulletin 205, p. 3) To aid the people in this effort he published bulletins explaining the breeding process for specific varieties. These bulletins served to both promote the new variety and to provide the people with information on cultivation and breeding of vegetables. The first of these was Sunshine Sweet Corn (Bulletin 205, 1927).