Although the last week has not been altogether bo bright aa the preceding few weeks, there haa yet been very little cause for com plain t of the weather. Monday and Wednesday were raw enough 10 atop careful farmers from outtlng graia that was not absolutely dead ripe, and stacking was also almost entirely suspended on those days ; bat for the rest of the week harvesting operations were gone on with brlakly, and an enormous area of wheat fell before the machines. There Is no variation m the nature of the reports that come to hand respecting the weight and condition of the crop. Wheat Is all that oould be desired — much better than its appearance even so late as two or three weeks ago lad growers to expect. Barley that haa not already been cut requires a few bright days to ripen it off with the perfection of oolor, and this hazwfi' UB orop will then be in-gathered I- w «ioh» condition, and oolor suoK .. a r " ,dom 11 j _ j.t- /i.i • " are bbiqoui ?JJ "ft "• Ending except m spots wr .ahing machines give the same story of irregular and sometimes very light yields, but the majority of samples that have been shewn are of good weight and condition, considering the land from which they came. Between the rivers Ashburton and Rakaia, below the railway line, very little crop is dow standing, and Btaoks are rising qulokly. Threßhing machines are busy, mostly with oats, though the Sydney market at the momeni offers no Inducement to press forward supplies. Wheat 1b almost without exoaptlon being stacked, and the wisdom of this coarse is confirmed by the reports from other districts that millers are refusing to buy wheat threshed from the stook. South of the Ashburton River the harvest is a few days later, but already quite half of the grain is reaped. About Willowby, Waterton, and Flemlngton, where the effaots of the wet winter were most severely felt, the crops are more patohy than m any other part of the oounty, so muoh so that many fields present the curious spectacle of irregularly shaped patches being In stook, while other parts are standing and quite green. A great deal of wheat here la short m straw, but the heads have filled so well that the averages will be fairly satisfactory. Some favored spots will help out the average for the dißtriot by returning very heavy yielda. Mr Protheroe, at Waterton, has reaped a splendid paddock of Ohamplon wheat, which is generally set down to be the best crop m the district, though Mr Osborne'soloaebyis also a magnificent crop. The yield on Mr Grigg's laud at Fiemlngton is excellent, and higher up Graham's Road, on the recently sold portions of Mr Graham's estate, the closely set stooks of heavy sheaves shew what a mistake some people made when they said that this land was unfit for cropping. On land purchased from this estate Mr John Small has what la generally conceded to be the best orop of barley In the district. At Grove Farm Mr Gates has again some splendid wheat, one paddock of Tasoan being estimated to go ?5 bushels and another over $0 bushels to the acre. Mr Strange, Riveradale, and m fact all the farmers down by the river, have cropa which, though sometimes nqt uniformly heavy, ate of average yields such as have seldom, been r.e*oh,edt even on this good la,nd. At I^opgbeach the harvest operations are on a gigantic scale. The orops at this end of the estate are very heavy, but towards the Hinds the yield' is leas satisfactory. In the Forks some magnificent crops are to be seen, Mr Maojntyre'a wheat on the Education Reserve surpasses the woudor* ful orop grown on the saroa land Im*Mr Sargent and Mr W. ©*•»- /ear. wheat which U **» ' .uu also have apdi «ea»- > _v talk of the district ; «"••"* uy, Mr T. Digby has some wheat. Photographs of some of these orops are being taken for the Dunedin . Exhibition. At Springfield Messrs Gould and Cameron have made each good progress that they ezpeot to fiuieh catting wheat to»dt>y,
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2065, 16 February 1889
THE CROPS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2065, 16 February 1889
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