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COUNTRY NEWS.

RAGLAN. (From Our Own Correspondent.) I At the local factories the tests have been very good right through the season, and now range from 4.2 to 4.0. Bush burning has been finished, with good clean burns everywhere. Very little grass seed has been sown yet, as everyone has been waiting for rain. Most of tiie potato crops have been taken np. The blight has not been bad this season, and the returns will be a fair average crop. I Prices are very low as compared with the last few years, and lv this district It will not pay to grow more than is required for local consumption. One grower here esti- • | mates the cost of growing and harvesting ! lan acre of potatoes at £IG. This Includes j rent, labour, seed, manure, and spraying, I everything, being Charged at current rates. I 'To this would have to be added the cost of marketing. As a set-off against this, one can always get a pood crop of grflln or. grass after potatoes without using any I I manure. The slump In the price of pork has fallen 1 heavily ou those who bought weaners at high prices In the early part of the season, j I With pork at sd, It seemed all right; but | now that it Is only 3d to 3Jd. the pig Industry Is not so profitable. Probably It has i been overdone, as there Is practically no i outside market, and the calf will now get I 1 a chance. Mr. Gibb, the Government Bee Expert, has been visiting tills district, and has not • I discovered any trace of foul brood. In an ! I address delivered on the show ground he strongly advised the people here not to Import either bees or honey, as there were I very few places free from foul brood. i Last year a loan ot was authorised I for the purpose of forming and metalling part of the main road. A good amount of [the earth work has been done, and the j I mstalling Is proceeding slowly. At one I time there seemed no hope of getting the [metal on this season on account of the .scarcity of labour; but no-v there Is a stone i 1 crusher a.t work, and the work now depends jonly on the weather.

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COUNTRY NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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