Daring the last fortnight of January the crops m the Oheetiey and Dromore dlatriots made a very rapid ripening. Very few oats are now standing, and the balk of this crop is already In the ataok, while a not Inaonslderable quantity has been threshed trom the stook and sold. Generally the oat crop has turned oat dU•ppolntingly, the yields through thosa districts running from 15 to 20 bnahel*, irhile some will not reaoh 12 bushels. The straw Is short and thin, and the heads light. Want of rain at the tlmo they eime into ear caused this poor reinlt, but some of the samples are of fair weight and all are of good color, Machines are In full swing among the wheat. This orop is short of straw, as la generally the oate m this patt of the country, bat the heads have filled remarkably well, and the outcome of threshing will bs mflob better than a glance at the standing crop would lead one to expect. Many of the orops will ran from 20 to 24 bashels, and Instances of 12 or 14 bathe! props will be rare this Mason— always granting that the fine weather continues till after the orop is secured. Below Dromore the poorest promise is to be sees m some late-sown paddocks, Whatever the weight of the wheat may be a noticeable feature this season is the regularity of the orop everywhere. A patchy paddock is seldom to be seen Occasionally farmers are outting the wheat on the green side, having fears of being over* ttken by the destructive nor- wester, from which we have been bo happily exempt this season. A few small lots of barley are coming on very well, bearing promise* of better yields than are usually reaped of this grain on the plainß. What little rye grass has been threshed has not yielded heavily, but some cocksfoot has turned oat of good weight tmd condition. No remarkable orops are to be seen m this district. The yield of wheat is on the average higher than last year, but oats, as has been remarked, are not up to expectations, and will be below the aveMre There are some fair crops near the* Newlands school, and some above the railway line at Ohertsey.' Below Obertsey Mr Peter Doig has a nice even crop, m which he haa five machines bn» cutting. Mr W. Strachan'B oats am threshed, and his wheat is ready for th» harvester. Mr Thomas and Mr Strings fellow have also some good wheat— for the Plai a The Village and Deferred Payment settlers at Ohertaey and Dromora seem to to have had good crops, judging by the stacks on some of iheir holdings. Turnips are very irregular, patches of healthy plants appearing m fields of which other parts have not come up at all. Several places bear eridenoe of having been resown. Taking it all rqand the wheat crop is the mainstay of farmers m these districts, and another fortnight of fine weather will see most of it m the stack, and the farmers' most earnest prayer is for good prices.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2056, 6 February 1889
THE CROPS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2056, 6 February 1889
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