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The following article from the "Dundee Advertiser," of August 15, will be of interest at the present time : — In the United Kingdom and In portions of Continental Europe the weather haß been unpropltious for the proper development of tha wheat plant. There is m the United Kingdom no expectation of an average orop, whloh is about 80,000,000 bushels. The crop has been m the last ten years as small as about 69,000,000 ; what It will be m 1888 will depend upon the oharacter of the weather m August. There was much rain during the period from July 14 to 31, with ocoaeional fair days. The price of wheat has advanoed to 32s 6d per 4801bs for domestio wheat, bat on August 1 the weather was reported as having improved. If the output of the United Kingdom's wheat crop shall be no more than 56,749,799 bushels, the requirements for foreign wheat and flour from September 1, 1888, to Angusb 1, 1689, will be about 154,000 000 bushels. The French wheat orop of 1888 was abont 320,000,000 bushels. The imports of foreign wheat m 11 months, from August, 1887, have been 27,480,000 bushels net, against 33 440,000 bushels the corresponding 11 months m 1886-87. The average orop of wheat In France for ten years has been about 301,000,000 bushels, and the average net Imports abont 40,000,000 for ten years. There are estimates already made of the wheat crop of France In 1888 as low as 256,000,000 bushels, or fortyfive million boshels below an average. It Is too early to make an estimate that shall be worth anything as a guide. The weather has been very unfavorable to the French orop, and expectation places the probable output of the orop at considerably below average. The price of wheat, however, has not advanoed very mnch, at least the advance haß been small if France shall require to import 80,000,000 bushels of wheat from August 1, 1888, to July 31, 1889. The Italian wheat crop m 1888 ie reported to be deficient. If it is as much deficient as the early estimates make it, Italy will require as large imports of foreign wheat as m any year of the last three The Austro Hungarian wheat crop of 1888 is probably somewhat under average. Tho surplus of the 1887 crop was placed at 20 000,000 busheja, of which upwards of 13,000,000 bushels have been exported within the period from August 1, 1888, to May 1, 1887, leaving about 7,000,000 bushels then available for export. The Bassian wheat crop promises to be larger than the large crop of 1887, but the Russian rye croo will cot be nearly so large aa the 800,000,000 rye crop of 1887. Buesia will have a large snrplus of wheat for export m 1888 if no m'afortuoe should happen to her orop of 1888, whloh is now about ready for the harvest. The wants €1 Europe this year from countries without her borders will be considerably greater than In 1887*88* The Indian wheat crop of 1880-89 Is, from Government estimate, abont 254,000,000 bushels, sr about 20,000 000 bushels larger than the orop of 1887. The Indian surplus exported In 1887 88 was about 27,000,000 bash els. The maximum Indian export of wbeit was In the crop year ende4 M&roh 21, 31,000,000 bushels. The Auatruiian crop of 1888 will give au export surplus of wheat 10,000,000 bushels above the average of the last ten years: The Argentine RebnbHc aud Ohlll will have a surplus probably of 6,000,000 to 10,000,000 bushels of wheat.

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THE WHEAT CROPS OF THE WORLD, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1888, 5 November 1888

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THE WHEAT CROPS OF THE WORLD Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1888, 5 November 1888