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Mr G.P.Donnelly's statements re Californian thistle, and bis belief that tbe thistle should not be grubbed out in all places have caused a good deal of comment amongst farmers. Writing to the Christchurch " Press," Mr Dot.celly explains more fully his views :—

'•At the iast meeting of the H B A. and P Society, durirjg a discussion on tbe noxious weeds question I strongly advocated tbe keeping down of tbe blackberry at all costs, as it will be come a great; menace in tbe near future, owing to birds and animals scattering tbe seed broadcast all over ibe country. Referring to the Oali fornian thistle Forty eight years ago the Provincial Councils of Auckland and Hawke's Bay had a fine of £5 for allowing Scotch thistles to seed on any person's property. Seven yearH later, it was found that tbe sheep and tbe horses were livirjg on tbe Scotch thistle during the dry seaeon, and this weed was consequently a great advantage to tbe early settlers in breaking in the large area in Hawke's Bay. Tbe same may be eaid of the Galifornian thistle. Ten years ago I was>, like most other people, much in fear of their spreading. To day I am quite satisfied that tbey are no detriment to high pastoral runs; quite tbe contrary, as the sheep now take the seed off, and where the Californian thistles were growing in large quan tities now only a few stragglers are left on tbe same ground. There is also a blight which seems to me to be afaisting in the destruction of the need. I stated that I bad about 4000 acres of high, sandy, blow away country on which I would be very i leased to see tbe Galifornian thistle

growirg, and were i tie. to do cO, , would bftvt no hesitation whatever in (so-viog it m this particular country, jas it would ba the means of holding the soil wbi'e I should be able to get a "take' of grasses. I did not, as re ported, advocate the growing >f < ali fornian thistle on agricultural land " j

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NOTES FOR FARMERS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3473, 26 January 1915

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NOTES FOR FARMERS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3473, 26 January 1915

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