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Now that the cocksfoot; harvest has been gathered on Banks PeninHula, the shortage, which was predicted early in the year, is becoming still more marked, and the short cop is becoming a serious item for those purchasing for North Island growers. In the middle of January buyers were offering 6d in the rough, and a good deal of seed was sold at this price, but within the last two weeks it has jumped (o 8d per lb, with every indication that it will rise still further. In ; the face o£ the very heavy demand created by the extensive late burn 3 and bush fires in ( the North Island, the demand in that quarters j is abnormally large, Even had the Penin- i snla crop been a normal 50,000 sacks prices ] would have showed a considerable advance • on ihe previous year's prices, but, as there is i roughly only about a quarter crop, cocksfoot j seed from here will not be obtainable for i North Island growing in the spring. Penin- i sula growers can therefore be certain of ] still better prices. The prospects for 1916 i aro also very bright as far as cocksfoot i j

concerned. The, early seed haiveateu v, 1916 at any rate should meet with an extraordinary demand, as many North Island farmers will be waiting for next year's cruy for sowing purposes. It Eeems appaiem even now that next year's crop on Banks Peninsula will not by any means be a □ormal one, for the reason that this year's paddocks will be bo l.eavily grazed, owing .to the shortage of grass, that they will' be converted into first year paddocks. The outlook for c. oktfool ill en, (or at least two years, is extremely bright as far as the Peninsula grower is concerned.

One line of 160 sacks was sold in Akaroaon Tuesday last at 8d per lb. The sample was 121b seed. The sample all round thia year is only fair, ranging from IOJb to 14.0 i-ted. There is no very I'ght seed, and the yieid of the seed in comparison to the airaw heaps is extremely good this season.

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COCKSFOOT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3401, 26 February 1915

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COCKSFOOT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3401, 26 February 1915

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