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» A SPLENDID YIELD. The "Lyttelton rimes" says that a orop of short oata grown by Mrs H, Davis, on Ktlapoi Islaod, whloh has turned oat 84£ bushels per tore ; one acre, on which a orop of golden tares was raised last year, reached 142 bushels. OBOP3 IN CENTRAL OTAOO. Very little (says the " Danstan Timei"] as yet has bean threshed pat, bat where that has been, done the estimated average was folly maintained ; many paddocks ol oata are estimated to yield tiO baahels, and of wbeat and barley about the same, bat the average for oats may be fairly set down at 40 bushels, and wheat and barley 30 bashelß. The tarnlp orop promise! an abundant yield, though In manj paddocks missed patohes are noticed, attributable, doubtless to the green fly, The fratt orop is wonderfully abundant, aod larger quantities are being sent to the Dunedln market than ever before. VfiOZCN MEAT AMD WHAT BECOMES O» IT, From luveitigations made by a London evening newspaper, it appears that from 25,000 to 30,000 carcases of froem mutton arrive m London every week. It Is not all of one quality, and Is not all disposed of at one wholesale price, and at retail H Is Dot by any means ail sold as foreign meat. Law does not prescribe that home meat shall be sold as home meat, not foreign as foreign At&mithfield, Scotch mutton and lamb per 81bs oosts from 5s 2d to 5a 6i ; other borne supplies do not range above 5a ; frczan New Zealand, 3a 21 to 3i 6d ; and fuzia Australian 3s to 31 2d. Elver Plate mutton has a soragcy reputation, not fetching more than 4id. Sydney fetches a facthing more ; New Zealand ordinary, with a much heavier caroise, brings from 4|d to 5d ; and New Zealand Canterbury is tbo prime variety oi foreign, bringing from 5Jd to ssi per lb. Prices vary remarkably. The whole sbeep ranees from s£cl per lb m dinning Town to 6Ji m Oapham ; ' legs,* from 6d In Wai worth to §d m Marylebone, Lee, Olaphom, Oroydon and Windsor; 'saddlea, 1 from 0d to 7d ; » neoks,' from 4d to 6d*j and ' breasts ' are always from 4d to 4£d. At the Junior Army and Navt> Stores the bee* joints cost as muoh, and the inferior j jlnts are a little cheaper. No account is t»ken of the dealers who palm off foreign mutton at native prices. THE LONDON WHEAT MARKET, WtltiDg on the prospeoo of the wheat trade, the "Miller" (London), of Jan. 14, has the following: — '•There has been very little movement In the matkntß of the past week. The main news is the suspension of shipments from frost, m the chief Russian ports, Odessa is beleaguered by ice several feet In thickness, and temporarily all shipments are interrupted Toe other news affaotlng the wheat trade Ib the report of rain In harvest m South America, and drought In parts of India. From the present outlook shipments of wheat for the next three mouths will be only on a very small scale, and ourrent supplies will have to be drawn from the bulk sfloat, aud from the good reserves aooumalated m granaries. At present current offers are ample for the current demand. Freights stiffening up, and so give a ■ Srmjoeas to the situation that might be I otherwise wanting. Distinctly apart from all other supplies, the English wheat supply is offered still on very low terms, and if the quality is poor, as is also the Ameriaan wheat sample, yet the latter is held at about 3s per quarter above the views of European markets.'* OAJJfORNIAN WHEAT. Mr G. G. Stead writes a>3 follows t the ♦•Lyttelton Timeß" :- Sir, — The Oalifornian wheat crop harvested June, 1888, was estimated at 18 000,000 oentala, say 30,000,000 bushels, or 900,000 short tons. According to the " Commercial Herald and Market Review," the floor and wheut remaining m Cadi fornia of the 1888 crop m December last was 95,906 barrels of flour and 10,819,630 cen'als of wheat, or over 650,000 tons. The same paper writes :-" In 1887 the wheat orop was a poor calling quality, and prioes were against much profit being made, but this changed with 1883 harvest, which gave excellent milling wheat and plenty of it." From the foregoing It will be gathered that California, has still plenty of wheat of good quality available for shipment of the 1888 crop, and it must not be forgotten that m a little over three months' time her 1889 crop will also be available. Ab regards prioes, I have lying on my table at the moment of writiog, an < flier of a oargo of CaUfomian wheat at 38a per 5001 b o.i f . to the United Kingdom for March-Apr!,! shipment, Farmers, sb a rule, are too sanguine, and it is a positive wrong to mislead them by under-rating the power of their competitors.— I am, &c, ' To this the Editor appends the following :— <« The shipping of the new Californian wheat crop does not, we believe, begin before July 1. Shipments would not, therefore, be placed m New South Wales irueh sooner than five months from the present date."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2086, 13 March 1889

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ITEMS FOX FARMEKS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2086, 13 March 1889