Weeds are one of the greatest troubles a farmer has to contend against, and are far more plentiful than they ought to be. Any plant growing where it is not wanted is a weed. Unfortunately, the farmer does not soem to realize the great harm done by weeds occupying the room that should be taken up by more profitable plants—that they are robbing the crop of nourishment, light, air, and space.
If certain weeds are not included in one oi the schedules, arid tbe farmer is not compelled to cut them, in a great many instances he will not do so even after his attention has been called to them. I ouco called en a eettler who had toad flax (Linaria vulgapie) on his farm, and told him it was a bad weed which spreads very quickly, and tbat it would be much to his advantage to eradicate the plants that were showing up, and not allow them to seed. He asked mo if it was a gazetted weed. I said, No, but tbat it was a very injurious one. He then said, "If it is BOt a gazetted weed, what ihi h ore you rearing at ?" This unfortunately, is an attitude taken up by a great many farmers as re3ard to weeds, whearas, on tbe other band, some are only to anxious to do their best to eradicate the pest. The foimer wait until the district is covered with a weed and then complain that it is gazetted," and they are compelled to cut it, and say that the and is not worth the eXpense of clearing. Had heed been pcid when first the warning" note was sounded, probably the Dominion would be practically free of Oalifcrnian thistle at the present day. It is very little good ene farmer clearing his land of weeds if his neighbour neglects them and allows the seed to be carried over the hedge and restook the clean farm; Farmers should combine to extetruinate weeds by tillage, cutting, &o, and also to ensure tbe purity in farm saed.
I was onoo called in to see a weed that was new in tho Palmston South district, and found it was pennyoreas (Thlaspi arvense). This had been imported from Amerioa amongst some pea-seeds.
Some of the Farmers Unions are taking up tho subject of noxious weeds. It would be well if tbe movoment were more general, bo that a great forward movement might be instituted in order to remove this menace to ihe Agricultural industries ot the Dominion. —•"Agricultural Jonroal."
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WEEDS, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3472, 6 July 1915
WEEDS Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3472, 6 July 1915
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