AMONG THE FARMERS. (By Our Rambling Reporter.) WaKANUI. —CONTINUED. Away down the beach road the peripatetic reporter finds the crops of so good a quality that anything said in the way of preaching them up would be a matter of supererogation It is no great distance from town, if one starts from corner, till we arrive at Messrs. Chalmers’ farm, of some 800 or 900 acres, and which will probably become in a few years the suburbs of Ashburton. At present it is one of the best conducted and most ably managed farms in the county. The position of it, in so close proximity to town, is a great advantage for raising and grazing cattle over farmers more distant from the market, besides, the land is of so rich and mellow a nature that it is always bound to grow a crop of anything in the vegetable world the Chalmers Bros, feel inclined to put on it, and they, being good farmers, are aware that too much grain growing does not tend to permanently improve the value of their estate. Thus they have not done much in cropping this year, and the produce of their farm is confined to a field of oats about 35 acres in extent, and which will give a yield of fully G 5 bushels to the acre. The hay from this land is a grand return ■, about 80 acres was saved and the stack shows a record of some 2h bushels per acre, or 200 tons of the best fodder that any man in the district who owns ahorse could look upon to purchase. On the same farm Messrs Chalmers Bros, have 683 acres in grass, and they seem to do very well as graziers, as their sheep are worthy of admiration from any judge, and I should think that the Lincolnshire farmers’ delegates ought to visit Messrs. Chalmers Bros, before they leave the district. Further down the Beach road we drop on another canny Scott —Mr, Malcolm Millar. I don’t want to say anything about this gentleman, he is too well-known for us to dilate upon his many acquirements as a good type of a farmer, and he caries out our ideas of how to make a small farm a profitable undertaking. I have no objection, however, to state that Miss Mary Millar, who did so well as an equestrian at the Agricultural. Show, is no small help to her father. Mary can both ride and drive, and she will be a treasure to any young man who may be lucky crioir'h to get hold of her in a soft moment. Mr. Millar’s oats were the talk of the district. You don’t possess a six foot man on your staff, but if wo did he would have certainly lost himself if he had ventured on an excursion through those oats, and the wheat is so heavy that I will give no opinion of it till I interview the bag-man at the machine. .His will be the only reliable record in cases where some people judge crops at 80 bushels an aox*o —a crop I can’t believe in without reliable evidence.
The xxext farmer oxx this road is another tough old countryman of Robbie Burns, and Mr. Jameson and his family have not settled in the Ashburton in vain, if we may judge of their progress by the comfortable Tvppeavance of rixeir home and the healthy looking plantation surrounding it. Tlxe old man, who is as fx-isky as any in a lot of young ones, wasn’t satisfied with the comfortable little homestead he possessed} bqt while the land fever wag raging, went in for a few Ixupdred acres towax-ds tlxe beach. In spite of all the supex-vision and the difficxxlties he had to encounter the old man has got a fine crop of wheat —somethin" like 40 bushels to the acre, and 50 acres of it; 37 acres of oats good for 40 bushels, and 25 of barley, which will thresh 35 bushels ; and he has also a very nice permanent grass paddock of some 40 acres, to say nothing of his pre-emptive right to a’large area of the Ashburton river bed. Scotchmen seem to flourish, increase, and multiply in this part of tlxe Y akanui. There is a lax-ge family of Cochranes of that ilk about here, and they increase with a refreshing heartiness. John Cochrane can show a record of 52 acres of wheat good enough for 40 bushels per acre ; 45 of oats which will dissappoint me if they don’t yield 65 ; and a snxa 1 paddock of barley which is not up to the prize crops of the district. Mr. Yvm. Cochrane does farming in a comparatively small way, but he does it in a way worthy of imitation by less experienced men. His little patch of wheat of something loss than 20 acres will show a better record than any I have yet
seen, and it should thrash out close up to 50 bushels, and his oats about 45. Ho has a couple of acres of “ spuds,” and they ought to be good enough to turn in some 8 tons to the acre. Another of the same family, David Cochrane has a 50 acre paddock of good looking wheat, and I give it credit for a return of 20 bushels. A patch of barley of limited extent is equal to 30, and he has a decent little paddock of grass. (to be continued.)
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 57, 5 February 1880
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