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MONTHLY AGRICULTURAL REPORT.I

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MONTHLY AGRICULTURAL REPORT. I The monthly report of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries for this month, for the counties of Worcester, Hereford, and Gloucester, is as follows :— CORN. I Wheat is generatly healthy and vigorous and doing well. Barley and oats are also promising but would benefit by rain. The area under barley is a little less than that of last year, but the area of oats is slightly greater. Frost has done considerable damage to beans and peas, especially the runner and dwarf beans. POTATOES. I Considerable damage was done to the early crop by the severe frost of the 26th and 27th May. The main crops are now just beginning to show through and are looking well. The area planted is estimated to be slightly less than that of last year. ROOTS. I Mangolds are backward, and coming through very slowly, and rain is badly needed. Turnip sowing has hardly com- menced and very little has yet been got in, but good progress has been made with the preparation of the land. HAY. I The cold winds and frosts, with the absence of rain, has retarded the hay crops, and it is estimated that both seeds, hay and meadow hay, will be 5 to 10 per cent below the average. FRUIT. The orchards have been severely damaged by the frosts and the prospects have dete- riorated considerably during the month. Raspberries and strawberries will be a small crop. Apples and pears should be about the average, but plums are below. HOPS. I I In north Worcester the bine is healthy but with a good deal of blight, and washing is general; in south Worcester, the growth has been checked by the cold weather in central Worcester, the crop is generally forward and healthy, but blight has increased and wash- ing is about to begin. In east Hereford, some damage has been done to the Bramblings and Mathons, and in some yards the bine is of bad colour in south Hereford, the hop yards on low lands have been cut by the frosts, as is also the case in the north-west of the county. The area under hops is slightly larger than last year. PASTURES AND STOCK. I Pastures have been checked by the cold nights and absence of rain. All classes of stock have done well. LABOUR. The supply of labour is generally I sufficient.

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