THE GRAIN CROPS
"Harvest Home" m Ashburton County has practically arrived,, and, generally speaking, gram-growers will have ' little to cavil at. During the early part of the season the farmers had a most anxious time, fearing that fclie wet weather-which prevailed up to the time the crops began to ripen would continue on and so rob them of the> greater part of the reward for their year's labour. Fortunately, .however-, the weather took'up just in time and, biit for one wet spell, which caused a little grain in stook to sprout, and thereby slightly lessened'its value, the weather for harvesting has been ideal. /
Reports are frequent from various parts of the district that the. grain yield has been much less than that i'rom the same area last year, but, in contradiction to this;' other assertions are made that the returns from oats and wheat will easily eclipse those received last year. Whichever statements are true, the farmers, taken generally, must be well satisfied,, for even the usual amount of grumbling is not at present audible. A grain buyer in a large way told a. 'Guardian " reporter that it was his firm conviction that, generally speaking, grain-growers' cheques would be larger this _year than they were last year, even if reduced prices are being offered. Pie had no fear whatever but that the returns for the 1914 harvest would be eminently satisfactory to the men on the land.
Taking everything into consideration, and without many returns being available, it, seems reasonable to conclude that the grain-growers have not done badly. , The highest return of oats yet to hand is that of 110 bushels to the acre, which was realised in the Wakamii district, while 90 bushels have been reported from Lyndhurst, and other heavy returns from different centres. The highest wheat return announced so far-is that of 88 bushels to the acre, which magnificent result was obtained at Digby's Brigde, the remainder of the yield of wheat at the same farm averaging between \SO and 6b bushels to the acre. Forty-seven bushels of wheat to the acre are reported from Methven, and some of the grain crops m Rakaia are reported to be first-class' and yielding better than last year. . Against this, however, one farmer told a reporter that his crop wae hardly worth threshing* being practically all straw, arid he added that there were plenty others situated similarly. It is peculiar, however, that a paddock which bore splendidly the previous season, might yield only moderately the following 'year, 1 while paddocks in close proximity might even show an increase over the previous year's output. ;'
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AGRICULTURAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8813, 9 March 1914
AGRICULTURAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8813, 9 March 1914
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