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INCREASED SOWING THIS SEASON. BY 22,793 ACRES. Primitive and carnal creatures that we arc, the things that count as of first importance arc Bread, Meat, War. As it was in the days of Abraham. The world’s first cucstion every day is Where is my breakfast? So far as New Zealand is concerned, we now have an assurance for months ahead. The Government ‘ Gazette ’ to hand this morning shows the total acreage sown in wheat for threshing this season, and wo now present this satisfactory comparative statement; — „ „ 1915-14, 1914-15. Acres. Acres. Canterbury ... 125,858 129,004 Otago 28,730 36,581 Southland ... 2,493 6,365 And the total acreage for the whole Dominion is this season 189,567, as against 166,794 last season, an increase of 22,790 acres. The Otago and Southland increase is particularly noticeable, and wo make remark in this connection that the increase ia really greater than the figures show, for if it had not been fev the Government’s request to sow more wheat there would have been less sown than usual. In other words, the Government’s request has raised the wheat acreage considerably, certainly by 25,000 acres. A well-informed merchant gives it as his belief that if the hidden wheat now in the granaries is brought to light as the result of the department’s circular the stocks will comfortably cany us on till the new wheat is marketed towards the end of February. As to the prospects of the crops now in the ground, the rains of Sunday and Monday will work wonders. The harvest must be late, but there is still an abundant promise. About Kurow the farmers were turning cattle into the oats paddocks a week ago, and in Central Otago the prospects were doubtful, but the rains have made all the farmers hopeful.

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WHEAT IN NEW ZEALAND', Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914

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WHEAT IN NEW ZEALAND' Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914