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The average yield of wheat in Great Britain is 28 bushels per acre. Estimating rent, interest on capital, outlay for manure and labor, and the crop costs L 8 per acre. “ The Western farmer who has L2 sterling invested in his soil and its equipments, his expenses per acre would he some as follows” : Interest on capital, 4s ; ploughing, 10s; seed, 6s ; reaping and binding, 10s; threshing and marketing, 2s ; total, Ll 12s. The fourteen bushels (which is the average) of wheat will give a return of 425, or a profit of 10s per acre, “Two year’s profit thus moderately estimated would purchase the fee-simple of much of : the land in Western States.” The American farmer under the circumstances has much the larger margin of profit. “ The American of a certain t}'pe has an instinctive aversion to the pursuit of an unprofitable calling ; he has a wonderful capacity for , accommodating himself to circumstances. If wheat growing does not pay he trys dairying,or gardening, and failing that, will cut down lumber or split rails, keep a store or ‘ run a hotel,’ or even make politics his profession.” The English writer claims no such smartness and versality for his farmers, and does not expect it, as they are “not to the manner born.”

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AMERICAN AND ENGLISH AGRICULTURE AS SEEN BY ENGLISH EYES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 105, 27 May 1880, Supplement

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