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The Wheat Harvest.

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The Wheat Harvest. Mr. Sanderson, of Manchester-buildings, West- minster, reports to the Times the impressions re- garding the current harvest which four weeks of travel in various parts of the country have left upon him:- Crops have all cut up better than farmers antici- pated, and as the various harvest operations advanced the brighter became the farmers' prospects. Corn in stock gave higher promise than corn growing; the yield on the barn floor exceeded that which the stock led farmers to expect, while the returns-especially of wheat-to the miller are equal to tnose of last year." The earlier sown of the spring crops are generally better than the later. Plants which have fully de- veloped their feeding apparatus in the soil before the drought comes on them are the better able to with- stand it. The following illustration of this is given by Mr. Sanderson :— One half of a field containing 18 acres, which forms part of a highly-cultivated farm in West Kent, wis seeded with black Tartarian oats in the third week of March; the other half of the field, which can- sisted of similar soil, was treated in every manner alike, excepting that it was seeded on. the 20th of April. The result is that the yield of the former will exceed 80 bushels per acre, while that of the latter will not reach 34 bushels. Many similar cases have come under my observation, and, as a rule, an improved system of farming from drainage, deep cultivation, and liberal manuring justifies early seeding."

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