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♦ HEAPING IN EARLY PADDOCKS. Tbe first active operations for tbe harvesting of the 1915 cocksfoot crop were commenced at tbe end of last week, when reaping was commenced in the lower paddocks The experi. ence generally is tbat tbe seed in tbe lower paddocks contains a good percentage of Yorkshire fog, which is as high as tbe cocksfoot, but is only now io flower. Tbe crops also are thin, and are not taking tbe usual time to reap. By ibe end of tbis week the higher paddocks will be commenced, and tbe seed on tbe higher country promises to be much freer from ex traneous grasses. Tbe crops in these paddocks are far more even, and it is l hoped they will be reaped before the fog has time to reach the height of the cocksfoot, ■Reports from tbe Eastern Bays, Little Akaloa, Okain's and Ghorton confirm tbe report that tb _c will be hardly* 80 per cent of cocksfoot harvested in comparison with last year. Tbe crops are thin and dirty, and a very poor yield is expected. There appears to be a surplus of labour this year, and visiting cocksfooters, unless' they are old bands and well known to \ tbe growers, are not receiving em-; ployment. The chief influx of labour j has been through Little River, and i many of tbe men, after walking over i to tbe bays, bave bad to be disappointed, and returned to tbe Plains. ] ■mJJi u«ul—«j—JE! _i|_jg_TTii?~_

The ie fre a number of No th Island men among tbera. la mos' ca _s tie crops are boing barvestel by local men. Tbe local storekeepers state that the grass seed camp outfit business is almost nil -this year owirjg to the small crop and the' few outside con tractors.

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THE COCKSFOOT SEASON., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3471, 19 January 1915

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THE COCKSFOOT SEASON. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3471, 19 January 1915

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