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THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS.

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THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS. The past week has presented little change on the situation as to the outdoor work of the faim from that which has existed for a month. Frequent but not heavy rains have kept sur- faces for the most part in am unworkable con- dition. Small progress has been made with grain sowing, and that only on light and quick- ly drying soils. Unless the state of affaire should quickly change, therefore, there seems a probability that wheat sowing will be much contracted in area during the forthcoming sea- son. Heavy rainstorms in many places, from which the Cheshire district has been fortunate to escape with a minimum, have laid hundreds of acres of land under water, and in the more favoured instances, where a fortnight ago the wheat plant was looking fairly healthy, it has gone back in colour, and a recurrence of dry weather alone will suffice to bring it round again. So far, perhaps, there is nothing critical to occasion anxiety, but there can be no doubt that some misgiving is being felt for the newly-sown grain, which has remained too long in the earth without germination, not- withstand'ng the mild atmosphere. Concern- ing this latter item, we seem to be having a repetition of the "green" Christmases which have been notable for some years, and that "as tho day lengthens the cold strengthens" will probably bo characteristic of the future. The mild weather has favoured a continued growth of grass, stock has remained healthy and is making satisfactory progress; and though it cannot be denied that the past season has been productive of somewhat more than the usual eihare of worries for the farmer, there is, after all, muoh to be thankful for, and on which we may be justified in wishing readers, and the agricultural fraternity especially the "compli- ments of the season," and a fervent hope for a more "prosperous New Year." In view of the pattial failure of the potato crop and the damag? done to oat crop by the prolonged wet weather, the Chief Secre- tary for Ireland haa authorised boards of guar- dians to obtain supplies of seed potatoes and seed oats for sale to occupiers of hold ngs, valued at and under L15. Money will be lent to the guardians for this purpose. From Montreal it is stated that the final Government crop report for the province of Quebec shews that the crop as a whole is a better average than in 1906, while average prices are much higher.

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