(From our Own Correspondent.)
The rain which has fallen here after the nor’-westers has put the farmers in good heart. These winds are not an unalloyed evil if followed quickly by rain, as they wariii the land and cause the crops to grow in earnest when afterwards supplied with moisture.
The wheat crops in this district are looking remarkably well, but there is a large area of land lying idle, which it would be more pleasant to see in cultivation.
Messrs. Royse, Stead, and Co. have recently disposed of some of their land in this locality to Messrs. Bruce, Alexander, and Parsons, and the purchasers being all men of sound judgment, this practical expression of their confidence in the district is very encouraging Mr. Bruce has a quantity of wheat and barley looking remarkably well, and Mr. Alexander has 500 acres wheat giving promise of an abundant yield. Mr. Richardson’s crops are amongst the best, and Mr. Hardwick’s property, by the growth of trees and grass, is assuming quite an Old Country appearance. The grass throughout the neighborhood is very fair, and a plot on Messrs. Collison Bros’, farm would bo pronounced good anywhere Mr. Wix has contributed a very substantial house to the generally unpretentious architecture of the district, and made other material improvements. Mr. Denshire has one of the best farmed holdings in the locality. Mr. Maidens has wheat looking very well, and reports that his last season’s crop averaged fully twenty bushels per acre. Messrs. Friedlander Brothers have supplied a goodly number of windmills to farmers here, and, where properly understood, they are doing +heir work thoroughly well, and are a great boon to stock owners. Rolling is now in full operation, and will be completed in a few days. A considerable acreage is being put in turnips Mr. Winter having a large quantity of new land in grain crop. Mr. William Saunders has added a nice house and other conveniences to the improvements at Dundas.
Oats throughout are not looking so well as other crops ; but if the season continues ns favorable as it has been hitherto, there is no doubt Seafield will retrieve a large part of its lost ground. One very satisfactory feature about the place is the progress made by the extensive plantations, which will, doubtless, add much to the beauty and value of the country.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 180, 30 October 1880
Seafield. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 180, 30 October 1880
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