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WELLINGTON, May 16. In consequence of statements appearing in print to the effect that the agricultural statistics recently published are considerably below the mark, the Registrar-Geheial has had further special inquiries made by superintendent collectors. The result, he says, is, as a whole, to justify the belief that the actual crop of wheat does hot differ materially in quantity from the estimated crop. The collector for the Southern Canterbury counties reports that inquiries have been carefully made amongst farmers, the result being that, although in some districts threshing returns have proved the estimates slightly higher or lower than they should have been, there is no appreciable difference between the machine results and the estimates shown, with the exception, however, that in one case the returns have exceeded the estimates by 30,000 bushels of wheat, 20,000 in oats, and 27,890 in barley, partly the result of an oversight of a farmer when making up his returns. It is considered that for the South Canterbury districts there has been no serious under-estimate of the yield, but probably additional bushels per acre might be added to the wheat crop. The reports for Waikouaiti and Waihemo counties indicate that the yield has been less than the estimate. In the Oamaru distriet farmers purchased bags sufficient to contain wheat in accordance with their estimate, but had to return some of them in excess of their requirements. It is considered that the yield of wheat in the county of Bruce was under-estimated to the extent of about 10 per cent. This gives an addition to the estimate of about 18,000 bushels. In Southland the farmers do not think that an under • estimate was given. A few think the estimates were rather too high, and that the produce per acre was less than in the previous year may be accounted for by the difference in the seasons two months before harvest. January and February were exceptionally dry in 1S89; much drier and also warmer than in 1888. The result would doubtless be that the grains of wheat would be smaller and the produce less, although the quality of the wheat might be somewhat improved.

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AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS., Evening Star, Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS. Evening Star, Issue 7908, 16 May 1889