Ashbußton Guardian Office, Friday afternoon,
Owing to the holidays the grain and produce market has been exceptionally quiet, and transactions have been almost nil. A good deal of wheat for shipment baa been cleared within the last fortnight, aridholdersofsurplUsstocks will be relieved Prime samples for shipment can be bought at 4s 3d, but purchasers do not sesm inclined to operate largely at this figure, and sales can only be effected for best quality. Oats seem rather easier of sale, owing to the fall in other markets, and are now quoted at Is 8d to Is Hd, according to kind and quality of sample. For best samples of barley prices remain firm at about 3s 4d; inferior kinds, Is lOd to 2s. Best flour still remains at from LlO 10s to Lll, but only trade lots are bought at this figure, as millers are accepting less for outside orders. Ryegrass is now being sold at from 3s to 3s 9d per bushel, according to quality, but prices are hardly settled yet. Wool in bags has been sold in Christchurch at from 5d to 8d per lb. The weather during the week has been very hot, windy, and dusty, and, it is feared, will have made the crops suffer on the light lands. In many places, we hear, that the late sown crops will not be worth reaping, owing to the continued dry weather. The oat crops are ripening very fast, and in about a week’s time a good many acres will have been cut in this district.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 522, 30 December 1881
COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 522, 30 December 1881
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