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The Peninsula crop of cocksfoot should be harvested at the end of this week if the present good condi fcions prevail. In Lβ Bon's a few days should see the whole crop threshed, and several of the early growers have finished. Everywhere reports come of shortage in crops. Growers declare that when cutting they anticipated as

heavy a crop as last year, but the seed is falling far short. We have beard of two casts close to Akaroa where shortages of over fifty bags have been experienced in paddocks that looked very fuN of seed. The same thing is reported in Le Bon's. In one paddock where -12 bays were obtained last year only 15 were gathered this year. In another case one large paddock which was full of fog only yielded a third of last year's crop. The seed is very light in most cases, the presence of fog accounting for its ightness. Some good heavy crops have been harvested, but they are few and far between.

A good many threshing machines re being U3ed this year, and there eems no doubt the machine ha 3 come o stay. Megsrs H. 0. Dierck and J. I. Newton have both got machine*, M\e Messrs Moore Bros., of Hickory, nd a number of growers in other, •arts of the Peninsula are threshing iy machinery. The reports of the aachines are very good indeed. THRESHING BY MACHINERY A walk up to see one of the thresh ng machines working proved very mjoyable. The road was precipitous, >ut the beautiful view was quite ex suse enough for anyone to stop and idmire. Grehan Valley is one of the nost beautiful about Akaroa, and yes serday afternoon the light and shade sffecta were at their best. At the end af the climb our party was enter lamed to afternoon tea, and the walk up would make the worst dyspeptic look forward to some light refreshment. It was interesting to walk through the paddock where the threshing bad been done, and note the number of bags taken from the various floors. The area of cocksfoot on which the machine was used comprised 100 acres, and as the threshing is nearly completed, we had to walk a considerable distance to see the machine. When we arrived the machine was working at full blast The eeed was being gathered up anc carted down in sledges. It take 3 on< men to feed the machine, and anothei to rake away the straw after the segc has been threshed out. Anyone wh< fancies the eeed cannot be got ou would be quite convinced if they sai? the machine at work. The drun beats every head of seed, and an ex amination of the straw at the othe end shows how well the cocksfoot i threshed out. Speaking to us abou the machine, those in charge sail that when they got straight going the could knock out 100 bags a day, or li bags an hour. They were obliged to Bto the machine every three hours to fee her with water. The machine w saw was run by a Jap engine. Thi gets covered with flying seed, and i is wise to give ifc a good clean v every three daya. Tbe3e are on!; minor matters, and really mean littl delay. The best quality of the machin appears to be in its ability to get tb maximum amount of seed from th cocksfoot. Last year the same pad dock was thrashed by hand, and a everyone knows the yield was mos prolific. This year, when tho yiel ig smaller, the tally of-bags is abou the same; In one case a floor tha gave only 20 bag 3 last year yielde 35 this year with the machine, an these 35 bags were knocked out in tw hours The machine is easily con-1 veyed about on a sledge, ita carriage being most difficult on stony ground, The walk back from the spot where the machine is in position is most pleasant to anyone interested in native trees and good scenic effects. The two huge totaras, the survivors of seven lovely specimens, commonly known as the Seven Sisters, stand out boldly on the hills like giant senti nels. Above is the beautiful clump of bush, full of ribbonwood, kowhai, totara, manuka, etc., belonging to Mr W. i ewitt Apart from providing grand shelter for their stock, owners like Mr Hewitt, who have preserved large clumps of bush, have done mujb to improve the appearance of our lovely hill 3, and as the sound of the bush indicated, they have also helped to keep preserved the native birds fast disappearing from our midst

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COCKSFOOT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4372, 17 February 1914

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COCKSFOOT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4372, 17 February 1914

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