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CHERTSEY. (by a correspondent.) 11l this district the combines are very busy, and from the number to be seen at different places the grain should be soon threshed out. At Mr. Rules’ farm we saw some wheat, oats, and barley. [Some stalks of each of these are on view at our office, and as many as 63 straws in oats have been grown from one root with good heads. The wheat and barley are also very fine, with about 60 straws to each root.] The yield of wheat on Mr. Rule’s is fully 20 bushels to the acre, and the average would have been larger but for GO acres of late crops which was taken very bad with rust. Tim barley varied in different places, some yielded 18 and others 23 bushels, and the oats gave the good yield of 52& bushels. Mr. Rule has made a great many improvements on his farm which we had the pleasure of inspecting. The first thing worthy of notice is a belt of gum trees, two miles in length, along the main road, and the plantation looks well for trees only planted two years. They have been well looked after and the ground kept clear, thus giving them every chance of growing fast. In front of the farm is a gorse hedge which for growth and thickness in ears can scarcelybe equalled. It is now four feet high, and looking very healthy. The gardens are well laid out with shrubs and fruit trees, while a large lawn and flower-beds set off the front of the house. The house is rather a superior looking dwelling, about 30 x 40, with a verandah around the front and sides, enclosed with glass, for flowers on the sunny side. There are six nicely finished rooms in the dwelling, with dairy and out-houses attached, all roofed with corrugated iron, very substantial, and kept in good order. At the roar there are a number of buildings, viz. store, smithy, store-room for machinery, and coach-house. In the yard a Corcoran 14 feet windmill is to be erected shortly for raising watei from an excellent well, which has been put down some time ; and under the coachhouse is a concrete tank, capable of holding 10,000 gallons. A short distance off is the rick yard, with four stacks of oats, estimated to contain 4,000 bushels. Mr. Rule has a large quantity of machinery and appliances, and altogether the farm seems to be very complete. Messrs. Roskruge J3ros. are busily engaged preparing for threshing. A small lot threshed turned out 21k bushels wheat, and 50 bushels oats. Mr. Mangham has about the best field of turnips that could be grown, and they are centainly much to be admired. His wheat turned out 23 and 25 bushels, and a good sample. Mr. W. A. Brown’s farm, and dwelling house, with the grounds exquisitely laid out and kept in good order, is worth a visit, and any one who may chose to drop in will be hospitably received by the proprietor. Tiio house and grounds surrounding, with flower and kitchen garden, are well sheltered with a belt of Ik chains deep of shrubs and broom hedges, very artistically laid ou‘. At the rear of the house is a large windmill, with iron tanks and largo concrete reservoir, to hold water for domestic and general purposes. In the yard is a large store, 40 x 45 feet, used as machine store, and coach-house, besides a 20-stall stable, sheep-pens, and other out-houses. Threshing has not been commenced here, as Mr. Brown’s machine is at work elsewhere for the present. The farm comprises some 11,000 acres, divided into convenient paddocks, some of which are laid down in grass, and carrying stock. It is also very conveniently situated, being close to the railway station. The railway station at Ohertsey is sending away a very large amount of grain, which has to be piled up on the ground along the line, as there is not nearly sufficient store room.

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THE FARMER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 78, 25 March 1880

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THE FARMER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 78, 25 March 1880