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GLEAN IN GS, 'A BETTEK WAY. I As a veteran of agricultural upbringing and iiistincts (writes a correspondent of the Liver- pool Daily Pos.") I have been greatly grieved to see the unnecessary deterioration which has far several weeks been going on throughout the country among grain crops in the etook. It is true that since the cutting of the crops favour- able climatic conditions have never been suffi- ciently prolonged to permit of much carting and stacking in the ordinary way, even if the stuff had been sufficient dry. Opportunity, however, frequently occurred for saving it in a way which, in my youth, we were forced to do in a part of t4 British Idea subject to treacherous harvest leather. After the crop had been in stook for a week, every opportunity was seized (I have myself worked at it all night) to build, say, five or six stooks into one ricklet, capable of stand- ing almost any kind 01 weather, while waiting for the time which invariably came sooner or later when it could be carted to the stackyard. In haymaking, the process employed was quite as effective for saving the crop, while immense- ly more so for time-saving. Instead of devoting ft precarious time to carting laboriously to the big stack, we devoted it to putting the hay temporarily into round ricks of a ton or there- abouts in the most convenient corner of the field. By means of a long stout rope, doubled and drawn by a team of horses, the hay, either in cocks or in windrows, was swept along the length of a ridge, and left where it could be con- veniently forked on to the rick. So secured there was no anxiety as to its condition, because it was ready for any emergency, whether of im- mediate sale or carting to the backyard. THE RISE IN TITHE.. I The publication in the agricultural statistics I for last year (says the "Manchester Guardian ") reminds one thttt the parsons, or rather those of them who are lucky enough to possess tithes, have benefited substantially from the great in- crease in the prico of corn. When the tithe was commuted in 1836 Lord John Russell anticipated the trend of (modern wages agreements by an ingenious slidingiscale arrangement. It worke like this. Tlio itithe on Blackacre Farm in 1836, was worth, say, JC2 a year. It was calculated how many bushels of wheat, barley and oats the owner of Blackaere could have purchased for iS2 if he had divided the money equally among the three at the prices then ruling, ana he was required to pay annually a sum which, at cur- rent prices, would always buy the same quantity. On the whole it has been a bad bargain for the parson. In 1912 for instance, prices were 28 per cent. below the 1355 standard, and they have been lower than that. But with the highest prices recorded since 1812 he is recovering spme of his loss. The tithe rent charge is now ca4- culated at JB109 3a. lid., 9 per cen't. above the 1835 standard and an increase of JB17 on the year. THE' MEAT SITUATION. .I Say a "The National Food Journal :—A seri- ous feature of the meat situation is presented by the Area Live Stock Commissioner's, who report from many axeas a considerable increase in the number of animals passing through the markets for slaughter. The f&nner. now that the harvest operations are over, is better provided with th? l labour eti&'ryfor forwMdinff .took, and fe?r* ¡ the difficulty of feeding cattle during the winter when the acoujstomed provision of concentrated food is uncertain, and he must rely mainly on roots and home-grown food. Though the Min- istry of Food Sully realise the difficulty in which the farmer is placed, and are carefully reviewing the situation, so that fodder requirements may as far as possible be met, they are bound to con- sider the position which may arise if cattle are slaughtered too freely early in the aiftumn. Home-grown meat has assumed a greater im- portance than ever. sime a further linnta?ton on imports is imposed by the necessities of milit& transpon, and it is therefore es?ntia.1 that t.i should be conserved during the winter months. Accordingly, the Food Controller has decided to reduce the consumption by a general lowering of the ration, and, simultaneously instructions have been issued to Government agents in the markets to secure that onJy cattle really finished shall be graded for slaughter. It is hoped that farmers generally will realise that con-servation of the i herds is a nizitter of urgent national interest, and totTI avoid premature slaughter of tjhoir stock. «»

Salop Agricultural Executive.

Farmers and Damaged Grain.…


I No Weather Reports.


Important to Farmers,

IDistribution of Feeding Stuffs.

lWrexham Horse Sales.

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