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English Farm Notes.

FAILURE OF THE ENGLISH CROPS. [ENGLISH CORRESPONDENT " AUCKLAND' HERAJ-D."] London, July 12. Since my List letter was written we have had floods of rain, probably more than has ever before been recorded for the first twelve days m July. In the first week of the month one rain lasted for twentysix hours without intermission, and more or less has fallen every day. The temperature, as is usual under these circumstances, has been abnormally low for the time of year, and the grain crops have had one of the worst fructifying periods ever known. They were just coming fully into ear when all the best of thorn were laid flat, to be rained upon and kept down for nearly a fortnight. It is a regular catastrophe, and to a great extent it is irrecoverable. A good yield of grain m proportion to straw, at least as far as wheat, barley, and oats are concerned, is now impossible, however favorable the weather of the rest of the season may be. Hot sunshine and drought might help the laid corn up partially, and enable ib to develop the grain to a considerable extent ; bub too much damage has been done already to be repaired by any amount of sunshine, and we must write down the splendid prospects of a month back by about twenty per cent, m my opinion. Up to the time of writing, moreover, there are no signs of settled weather, and another week of rain would half spoil the white straw crops, Even those not laid, because not heavy enough to go down after a fortnight's wet weather, are more or less injured, We never yet had a good harvest after a wet summer, and the present season has been the wettest Aye have experienced since the "black year," 1879. But I should say that more than three-fourths of the fields of corn m the country are laid more or less, and fully one-half badly. Nothing but shrivelled grain can be produced crops laid before the ears had begun to fill, and kept down for a couple of weeks. It is grievous to see the magnificent crops wrecked as they are. Even beans, which usuaMy stand any quantity of rain that we get, are m many cases down, the soil being ho. like a bog that there was no firmness to hojd up the heavy stalks when the wjnd was high. The hay qrop, too, has boen badly injured m quality, and m many places made mere muck. Root crops promise well, and peas and beans may "turn out well on the whole ; but potatoes are getting diseased. It is sad to have such a bad account to give of the farm outlook here. The only consolation our f trmers have is that the catastrophe which has come upon them has been general also throughout the Continent of Europe ; so that prices are likely to rise m consequence. Wheat Jips ajrendy gone up about 2s a quarter' sjnee the end of June, and there js every reason to expect a further advance unless favorable weather comes at once, for harvest has commenced m several European countries, which makes jbhe prolonged rajnfalj alj the more serious. ' '

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English Farm Notes., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2508, 3 September 1890

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English Farm Notes. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2508, 3 September 1890