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How Damp Grain may be Harvested.

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How Damp Grain may be Harvested. The wet weather of the last few weeks (says the Agri- cultural Gazette) gives great importance to suggested methods by which damp grain may be harvested, and we accordingly reproduce a paragraph published some years ago. Mr. Gould, of Amberd, near Taunton, had written on this sabject as follows :—" My wheat was reaped on Wednesday, the 9th of August. On Thursday it rained all day, the wheat being shocked Friday was showery; Saturday was very fine, and I made my men put the sheaves with the ears inwards in a circle, and on those to lay others, diminishing the circle until the whole formed a conical mow containing about a load; the top was surmounted by a cap of reed. This morning, August 21, after a very rainy and stormy night, I pulled out one of the stalks with the ear, to show that even in this most precarious season corn may be preserved uninjured. Most of the corn in this neighbourhood is in a sad state." This is one j 1 m: another, which we regard as preferable, was suggested some years ago by Mr. Hannam, of North Deighton. He recommends the placing of two parallel rows of hurdles three feet apart, as long as convenient, erect on some dry piece of land. He then advises to build sheaves one on the other, laid horizontally, ears inwards, to the hurdles, forming a row sheaf-long wide on each side of them. He builds these sheaves up to the height of the hurdles, and then covers the interval and stacks a row of sheaves all along over the top. There need not be an ear that is not in contact with the air, on this plan for the tunnel is open from end to end, and the sheaves are all placed with their heads to it, while the top sheaves and the row of stocked sheaves overhead hinder the access of rain. There is nowhere sufficient bulk of corn to heat, though it may be damp; nor is there sufficient weight to hinder the lowest sheaves from getting rapidly dry. Of course it will be ad- visable to lay the first sheaves not immediately on the land, but against the hurdles.

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