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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 8, 1927

W.F. Ramsey of Oroville, Washington, who saved 175,000 tomato plants during the freeze last spring by heating with Diamond Briquets.

W.F. Ramsey of Oroville, Washington, who saved 175,000 tomato plants during the freeze last spring by heating with Diamond Briquets.

First it was the grower of citrus fruits in California who started the battle against killing frosts by the introduction of artificial heat to the endangered crops. Gradually the idea took hold until the fruit men of the Pacific Northwest discovered that they too could prevent frost damage to their blossoming orchards of apples, pears, peaches, prunes, and cherries.

From the original smudge, so obnoxious and but partially effective, the science of orchard heating has developed to the almost ideal form of heating which employs the clean, highly efficient, and almost smokeless Diamond Briquets, now so widely used wherever protection from frost is necessary.

Spurred into action by the success of those who heated tree fruits, the growers of berries have been experimenting with artificial heat in their tracts. This last spring the strawberry growers of the Kennewick district in Washington met with very gratifying success in protecting their budding and blossoming plants during the extreme cold weather which caused such severe losses to those who did not heat. (more…)

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