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From inquiries made at each bay of the Peninsula two facts concerning the 1911 harvest of Peninsula cocksfoot harvest are noticeable, and these are that the amount of cocksfoot shut up this year is very much reduced, and the crop will be very much later than usual. Even in tbe earliest paddocks it is not likely reaping will commence before the third week in

January, possibly about January 20 This is, if conrsß, on the suppositioL that fine we the? c- Übi mes In Le Eon's Bay the crop is yen much later, and the flower is only just off the early-paddocks. On tbe tops of the hills above Le Bon's it is not likely that reaping will be started until late in February. The set 00l holidays have been readjusted to suit the cocksfooting season, and the children had a week's holiday at Christmas time, and the school will close down again as soon as reaping commences. The cocksfoot area in Le Bon's Bay is very much reduce from last year, and the crops look well.

At Okain's Bay there is not so much cocksfoot to harvest this year. There is not going to be so much trouble with the tares this year as was anticipated earlier in the season, tbe warm weather having checked tbe enormous growth that started with the wet weather. The crops look fairly well on the whole, and reaping should commence about January 20. There is a fair amount of rubbish in .the crops, which is natural with the earlier part of the season so wet. Some of the crops, however, are quite clear and others are bad. The cocksfoot area in Wainui is smaller than last year, and it is con sidered about three quarters of tbe seed will be reaped this year in comparison with last year's crop. crops are looking well, though weeds and fog are showing up rather promi nently.Tho Akaroa crops in the adjacent bays'are "browning" up well, and cutting should begin within the fortnight if hot weather is experienced. Some of the paddocks are very bad ' with Yorkshire fog, and are fairly dirty otherwise. Yorkshire fog is [ showing up very much owing to tbe • wet season. Yorkshire fog, however, f is easily cleaned out, and this grass i should not depreciate tbe price of seed i extensively. There is much specula- • tion as to what the weight of the seed s will be. but judging by present indica 3 tions, there should be a fair yield and s a heavy sample. b At Pigeon Bay a start will not be c made with the reaping until January i- 18th or 20ih. The fog is showing s up badly in a good many of the pad docks there. There are already a h number of men at Pigeon Bay looking 1- for work. fc. At Chorlton and Little Akaloa there le is nearly as much seed to be harvested s this year as in 1913. It is expected ie reaping will start there about January 1- 15th.

Fog and tares are fairly prominent, although warm weather has given the tares crop a considerable set back, and they will not be nearly so harmful as was at first considered. There appears to be a rust among tbe crops, which is causing some concern. The crops appear to be much* riper than they really are owing to the pre valence of this rust. It is thought that the continued wet weather, and especially the long spell of easterly rains is the origin of this rust on the cocksfoot.

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THE COCKSFOOT SEASON., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4362, 6 January 1914

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THE COCKSFOOT SEASON. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4362, 6 January 1914

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