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The oflbUl statistic! relating to oropa *nd cultivation In tho aoaotles ojf Ashbnrton, Selwya, Akuroa, Ashley, and Cheviot with Atnarl, for the ourrent year are published. Their oblef Interest is la the estimates of the grain oropi, whioh are as follows: —

For the Ajhbarton Ooaoty the comparative figures for thti and lut year are •■ follow: —

The figures relating to wheat oorao as a surprise, and it Is difficult to aocent thair aoouraoy. On all sides we heard {of Inoveaaed areas of this cereal belog planted, > while Instances of Important Increase m acreage under oats wars very few. The offioUl returns now show that of the Inoreaia of 17,025 aores under grain orops this season, the Increase In wheat is hot 4984 acres while oats aonount for 10,284 aores, and barley totals 1757 acres more than la«t year. These figures may be oorreot, but it la the estimate of prodnotlon that oaoses the greatest inrpriae and disappointment. This season's wheat harvest has generally baen. considered to be one of the best, If not the best ; that has eve; been reaped m the county, and It Is Indeed startling to see the average yield per aore officially stated at some thing nnder 21 bushels. As regards oats the official estimate agrees with private computations, but will not be borne oat by the aotual remit of threshing, as crops whloh are turning out below expectations Are muoh more ; numerous than those whloh exoeed the estimates. There must have been some very poor oops of barley somewhere to brlcg the county average down to 24 bushels. We can aooount for 2000 aores. none of which will average below 30 bushels to the aore, while some run as high as 50 or more. The principal statistics relating to other crops In Ashburton County are as follows, latt year's returns being given In parentheses for oomparlion : — Total number of holdings 908 (828) ; In sown grasses, ploughed, 270,249 aores (276,679 aores) ; do uoploughed, 25,408 sores (21 768 aorea) ; hay 1428 .mores producing 17^3 tons, (2261 acres, 2510 tons) ; oats for green orop or hay, 7375 aoren (11,504 acree) ; rye or bere, 583 acres (503 acre*); pan and beans 917 »ores (937 rcpr) ; turnips and rape, 32,350 aores (29 595 aoret); potatoes, 299 aorea producing 1141 tons (226 aores, 938 tons) ; total ondur crop, Includlog town grasses, 459,342 aores (445.742 acret) The return of the quantity of last year's orop remaining on hand would appear to be ooofined to that still m farmers' hands, and Is thus of little valae as a galde to the actual stock of grain The figures glveu are — wheat, 20 790 bushels ; oats, 5672 bushels. There was not a grain store m Ashburtoa which did not Itself contain more than this quantity of wheat at the time the returns were oolleotedt

WHBAX. Acre*. Baaheli. Ave'Re 1889 81754 1714.384 20-97 1888 75,770 . 1,814,476 23 64 OATS 1889 36,173 925,084 25 57 1888 25,889 661,805 2556 BARLBT. 1889 3,411 81.888 24 00 1888 1,654 34,215 2069

WdBAT. Aoro». Bo*he!s. Aihbarton ... 81.754 1,714 384 Selwyn 61,069 1,387,799 Akaroa 193 5,765 Ashley 32.026 7P1.161 Cheviot *3. Amur! 2 093 43.658 Total, 1889 ... 177.135 3 902,757 ToUl, 1888 ... 174 976 4,148,973 OATS. Aabbarton ... 86 183 952 084 Belwya 30,178 714 301 Akaroa 87 3 195 Ashley 21847 542 607 Cheviot* 3. Amurl 930 24 050 Total, 1889 ... 89 215 2,209.137 Total, 1888 ... 77,973 2,191,959 BAKLRT Aihbmton ... 3,411 81888 Selwyn 9 145 276.340 Aktroa 380 11,779 Ashley 2 251 07,320 Oherlot & S. Atnut 1 200 3,900 To«»l, 1889 ... 15,415 431 227 Total, 1888 ... 9,037 211,805

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AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2083, 9 March 1889

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AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2083, 9 March 1889

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