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The prospects for the cocksfoot crop I of 1915 have been somewhat bright ened by tbe recent rains experienced on Bunks Peninsula, and from present indications there seems a possibility | tbat tbe seed shut up for harvest will yield much better results than were

anticipated a month ago. In tbe spring the continued dryne's fo'ced many farmers to give up all idea of keeping tbe cocksfoot, and feed was so short that a great deal of tbe cocks foot country/usually shut up for seed, had to be grazed, A number of paddocks were shut up in the early part of the season also, and these gave such poor promise of a crop that cattle were turned into many of them. Under any circumstances the cocksfoot area reserved for harvest was smaller to begin with than in previous years, as many Peninsula farmers find grazing more paying, so that the 1915 crop is likely to be tbe smallest for many years on Banks Peninsula. The crop will be later than usual, but very clean by tbe look of paddocks inspected.. The growth is unusally short, but well headed, and it remains to be seen what sort of yielding will result, Tbe lower paddocks are very thin, but those on the bigber level are growing good clean crops, though they are thin. The should be a valuable one ibis ye*r, and it is ex» pected there will be a sharp advance in prices. Most of the old crop seed has been cleaned out to meet North Island requirements, where tbe burns have been unusually good this year. This year's crop will be too late to catch the North Wand sowing, and there will be a big clearance of ihe ' seed held over from last year.

Tbe prices for the incoming crop, which will he a very short one, should realise very advanced prices, and there is a prospect that with the destruction of tbe Home crop tbat there will ba a big demand at Home for cocksfoot seed.

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COCKSFOOT CROP PROSPECTS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3464, 24 December 1914

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COCKSFOOT CROP PROSPECTS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3464, 24 December 1914

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