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THE CROPS.

« — S ime splendid crops' are to be seen In tbe Wakaoul district. Wboat eapoolally Is of a uniformly heavy growth that has seldom been equalled, even In this fine farming district, Oats are less even, but a poor orop is seldom seen. A few small patohes of barley are everything that can be wished for In prospective weight, oolor and quantity. On leaving town by the Wakanoi road tho luxuriant wheat fields of Messrs Chalmers Brothers first attract attention. Fresh Btraw stack* shew that last year's crop has only reoently been threshed, and the ohauglog color of the standing corn Indicates that it will not be many days before the reaper Is ak work providing for bigger staoks than last year's. The orop Is of the regular growth that betokena oareful cultivation, and though 45 basbela is a high average to put down there is eveiy appearance of this yield being reached here. The grass paddooks opposite are unusually green fov the time of year, and the oattle depastured thereon are m high condition. The grass and white olover seem only to have made their spring growth slnoe tbe warm weather set m, and If v fair growth Is also made m the autp,mu \he shortfall of the ba,y orop will, to a great extent, be compensated for, Farther down Mr William Ooohrane has magnificent crops, including what Is probibly tbe champion oat prop of the distribt. Mr James Ooohrane, Mr Andrew Leatham, and Mr Davtd Wilson all have bounteous yields, the firit-named of these having among his crop a particularly nice lot of peas. The oleannesss of the work done by tbe reapers and binders nov7-a : dayo does not leave mooh on tha stubble for tbe pigs to glean, and the provision of fattening material must now form a part of tha cropping of farms. At Elgin Mr D. MoQlrr has one of the most beautifully colored bits of wheat that ever met the eye. It Is a niae orop of Tuscan, and rlpeniog under the most favorable conditions Jt glistens m the bright sunlight lik> burnished gold, Tbe reaper will b,e m here wUhta three or four days. An adjoining paddook of Hunter's white (squo of the heaviest orops In the vicinity, Over the way MrSamael Soatt Is harvesting a very nloa even orop of oats, which will, thresh out EO buohels or thereby. A Brantford s:t machine Is doing the work m a style whioh ixsltes the admiration of several neighbors who have looked m to see " tbe newmeohlne." It is drawn by a pair of boraee, one a medtom draught, the other of th,e useful species generally denominated "halfdraught," a,nd thoagti the day— Tuesday — Js a hot one neither horse has, turned a hair. Not the, leant of the many excellonoei of the Brantford is Its nobleesoeos, Neither of the horses had previously been m a harvester, and some trepidation was felt m starting them, but they walked off with it without baulk or jerk. When the machine was a few chains off the only sound that could be heard was tha nmoovh click of the knotter. Mr Scott, points with pride to a grand orop of wheat m an adjoining paddook, whloh will be ripe by the time the rats are stacked. At Mr John Oaobrgne'a heau.tifqj pl«oo the crops aye also all that tbe most dls oontentod farmer could wish— not that Mr Ooohrane l« of a discontented disposition by any means. Oats are being cut and wheat — a good crop— will follow without a halt. Mr A. Protheroe is cutUnfc the oats on bis new property here, which are turning out m a wa.y that makes him on gpod terms with his purohase. His wheat will also be a oapltal orop. Lower down tbe wheat is coming on so qniokly that some of it will have to be cat before the oats, and if this fine weather oontlnues for another week every reaper that can be got to dp, its work will be employed m tbe in-gathering of one of tbe moot bountifnl harvests with which this dlutrlot has been blessed,

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THE CROPS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2044, 23 January 1889

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THE CROPS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2044, 23 January 1889

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