■ <+ THE 1916 SEASON. Indications for tbe 1915 crop do not seem to be very bright, and the crop, besides being a email one, is a very . dirty one. The rains in December have brought up Yorkshire fog and , other rubbish, and in many crops \ . there will be very little good seed bar(j vested. Tbe continuation of tbe dry , j ?pell will be nn advantage to growers, j j as then tbe cocksfoot will probably be ' j able to beat the weed?, tbe growth of 1 ' which will be checked. The bigb t j winds experienced in November and p December were responsible for flattent ing down a lot of crop, the stubble . : bting badly threshed, broken and ! , 1 interlaced, and without much hope of rjit recovering. There are, however, k 1 soma good crops wbich are standing ] well and free from weeds. These are s mo3t!y in sheltered positions away b from the nnrtb west winds. The seed c seems well headed, and promises a good yield. , A Hawke's Bay farmer, recently on b the Peninsula, says that when be left Hawke's Bay about a fortnight ago y the grass waa not only dried up, but this bad been eaten oft' by stock and D blown away, so that tbe paddocks were bare of everything, Store sheep had l'| dropped 10s to 15s a head, and there was Btill 00 dernmd". He said there
waa plenty t f grape in the Wairarapa, Tbe c ia tvery indication that the . second burn, which starts about this lime pf tbe year, is going to cover a i lot of ground, as everything is ao dry. This will mean an increased demand for Peninsula cocksfoot, though it is unlikely that the present jeir'g c/op will be harvested in time for =cwirg. ' Tbe main part of the cocksfoot crop is at present in flower, and it will probably be three weeks before reaping is general.
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COCKSFOOT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 5 January 1915