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RAIN DELAYS HARVESTING OPERATIONS. The cocksfoot harvesting on Banks Peninsula has been practically at a standstill since Friday evening, owing to the rain, which set in from the sou-west quarter that night. A high north-easter had been blowing the two previous days, and this wind bad done a great deal of barm, as it had badly threshed all standing seed, even though it were on the green side, and of course any Beed that was at all ripe had to be abandoned once the wind set in on Wednesday. The wind was so strong that clouds of seed could be seen coming from the standing Beed, Thursday and Friday were both good threshing days, and Friday, especially, provided excellent conditions. On Friday night the rain set it, and continued heavy until yesterday morning when there was a break, the wind veering round from south east to nor' east. The morning was showery, but it was fine enough for reaping. The rain was so heavy that it must result in a great loss of seed. The wind previous to the rain would have the effect of displacing the cut seed, and the rain would drive it down into the stubble, so that lifting will be almost 1 imperative before threshing can commence again. It will be quite three days before any threshing can be done ' even if the weather is fine. A few of the earlier paddocks have got on well with their threshing, but, of course, only a start has been made 1 Those who have threshed state that 1 the yield this year is phenomenally 1 good, and threshing was very simple ' work, a3 the seed left the husk with '• such ease, The seed threshed before the rain was also bright and heavy. Our Okain's Bay correspondent telephoned us that most of the cutting bad been done in the Bay. Only a ' little threshing had been done here and there, and in every case the seed , had yielded well and been fairly heavy. , It was not thought that the rain 3 would do any harm—in fact it would make threshing all the easier. There . had been plenty of labour available , throughout the season.

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COCKSFOOT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 3 February 1914

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COCKSFOOT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 3 February 1914

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