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AGRICULTURAL NOTES. [BY A WELSH FARMER.] DURING a portion of the past week it has been possible to make better progress with harvesting- than at any previous time since the work of cut- tino- commenced. A large quantity of corn has been carted, in tolerable condition as far as dryness is concerned, although more or less injured in quality by the unseasonable weather of August. On rubbing out wheat from blackened ears, we are glad to find that the grain is le"s discoloured than might have been feared. As a lule. it is rather thin and mis-shapen, and some of it is shrivelled but it is in many cases of a fair colour, and not much sprouted. So far as we have been able 15 determine by actual examination, the wheat cut early is in better condition than that left standing—or lying—until last week. and, of course, the former has lost much less grain from shedding than the latter. The damage done to the corn crops is great. Still, should we be fortunate enough to have fine weather for the rest of September, the bulk of the grain will be marketable. Barley is, of course, more or less, stained, as a rule. and a great deal has been lost by shedding probably it has suffeied more than wheat from a market point of view. Oats, on the other hand, if they can be thoroughly dried, will be the least injured of the cereaiS. Peas, owing to the opening of the pods, have lost yield to a serious extent.—Ajru-ultnnil (iuzvttc. Two estimates of the world's crops have just been published, one by the Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and the other by the authorities of the Vienna International Market Conference. The first represents the total wheat production of the world this year as from 250 to 285 million quarters, or 15 to 17 million quarters below aver- age, and the rye crop of the world as 120 to 124 million quarters, or 31 to 34 millions below aver- age. There is necessarily a good deal of guessing in the figures which make up these totals but. taking them for what they are worth, they tend to. confirm general impressions of a great scarcity of rye and a considerable one of wheat. The other estimate consists of percentages of an average yield for each of the principal cereals, and it is to a great extent confir- matory of the first, though less easy to bring to a focus. A correspondent recently wrote to Mr. Gladstone oal"ng his attention to the Wisbech election, as. in his opinion, an evidence that the agricultural; labourer still relied upon the Liberal party to work out Hodge's political salvation. The cor- respondent also urged Mr. Gladstone to express a word of hope to the labourer. Mr. Gladstone re- plied :—" You may rest assured that the Liberal party, who in the teeth of the House of Lords pro- cured the franchise for the agricultural labourer. did not thus arm him for nothing, and hope to do him full justice in the first place by bring- ing local government to his door, and securing for him a more free access to the use of the land." ALLOTMENT PRIZES IN LINCOLNSHIRE.—In several districts of Lincolnshire prizes have been awarded to the allotment holders for the cultiva- tion of their plots of land. In the Spalding dis- trict, where the allotment movement has made great progress, the judges have just made their awards in connection with allotments granted by the Spalding Improvement Board, the prizes having been offered at the beginning of the year by a member of the Board. The land is said to be cultivated in a very excellent manner, and the crops procured exceptionally good in most cases. At Gedney Hill, in the Spalding division, prizes have been awarded the labourers, and the Long Sutton Agricultural Society have an allotment department this year in connection with their forthcoming show. LATE HARVESTS.—A correspondent, writing to the Standard on this subject, says It may be interesting to your readers to know that in North Hants, in I860, we began cutting wh-*at on August 27th, the first day's carting on September 5th. There was about a fortnight's fair weather, and then continuous wet. so that our harvest was not completed until the end of October. Some of the beans in the neighbourhood of Odiham were not carted until nearly Christmas. I saw one of the carters from there about that time, and asked the question, Have you finished harvest yet ?" and he replied," We could have finished to-day, but we wanted to finish wheat sowing first.. THE HARVEST IX IRELAND.—The Fnrman,x Jtmrn/il publishes reports on the state of the crops from Waterford, Longford, Kildare, Cavan, Ros- common, Galway, Kilkenny, Carlow, Monaghan, Tipperary and Clare. All. without exception, are of the most unfavourable character, and represent the crops as almost irretrievably ruined by the recent rains. THE RESIGNATION by Miss Ormerod of her post of consulting entomologist to the Royal Agricul- tural Society is a subject of much comment by the Press generally this week. The conduct of the officials of the society in the matter is severely ■censured. Considering the valuable services ren- dered by this lady in preventing or remedying the ravages of insect and fungoid pests on our crops, she seems to have met with but scant recognition at the hands of those to whom her services were most directly rendered. AGRICULTURAL BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION. Mr. Walter Gilbev has just made his annual appeal for donations and collections at harvest festivals in aid of this institution. The record of this society is net a bad one. Since the year of this society's formation in 1860. it h,as paid in pensions close upon a quarter of a million sterling. At the present moment it has on its books 826 pensioners, who are provided for at an annual cost of £17,390, while there are some 300 farmers or farmers' widows who are still waiting election. If we could add an extra £ 5.000 or ;( 6.000 to this year's harvest festival collections, most of these waiters st the gates might be taken in. The secretary is Mr. C. B. Snow, 26. Charles-street. St. James's. London. From the fact that the beneficiaries of this fund are those who have largely worn them- selves out in the scraping together of tithes, it is to be hoped that our local tithe-receivers will respond to this appeal at their forthcoming festi- vals. They ought to.


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