AGRICULTURAL PROSPECTS.


       Last week opened with a fine bright breezy day; as Monday was fine,
but rather hazy and thick. Tuesday proved dry, with a thick atmosphere at times.


       From the West Riding of Yorkshire it was stated: - "Since Friday we
have had better weather up to last night. To-day has been thoroughly wet, with a
south wind, which will not improve the condition of wheat or other grain now
being threshed out."

       Our advices from Suffolk run:- "Strong westerly winds prevailed here
last week, and the weather continues fine and favourable for all out door
operations."

       From Norfolk it was written: - "Since Tuesday the weather has been
more settled, with dry winds."

       In most counties outdoor work has gone on steadily, the land being
sufficiently moistened by the rains which have fallen to admit of ploughing being
proceeded with, and the seed samples can be selected of a good quality. In
white wheats, Chidham and Rough Chaff are the favourite sorts; in reds, Golden
Drop, Browick, and Ressingland stand foremost, as well as Spaulding, although
the millers do not like the last description."

       New English winter tares have had a good run, and the yield being
represented to be only about three sacks per acre, very high prices have been
obtained; at one time 14s was actually paid, and many sales were made at 13s and
13s  6d per bushel. In the two weeks ending 1st inst., 1,361 quarters were
received in London, nearly the whole of which came by rail, and the greater
portion of these was disposed of, but as the season is far advanced, some holders
are afraid of having a small surplus left over at the recent extravagant prices,
and will meet buyers now at less money.

       Wednesday proved a warm summer-like day; wind S. S. E., thermometer 70
degrees, barometer down to 29  50 inches, and falling fast, which proved a
forerunner of storms and very heavy rains in many parts of the country during
the remaining part of the week.

       Thursday was a thick hazy day, very dull throughout, and at five p.m.
some heavy rains fell for two hours.

       From Suffolk our advices stated: - "We have had another week of fine
weather, but the nights have been cold." From the same county near the coast,
it was stated: - "The weather continues very warm and brilliant - quite a
second summer: rain is wanted.

       On Friday, slight showers with thunder were experienced. Saturday
morning was wet, thick and hazy, being far from a promising day, and rain fell at
intervals through out, whilst towards night this was heavy and lasting for
some hours. Not mush field work can have been accomplished during the last three
days, and dry weather must return or this will be stopped for a while.

       Floods are likely to be the result of such heavy downfalls, and autumn
tillage may be materially checked for the moment. As for threshing wheat by
the machines, that work will be most effectively checked, and the bulks
recently exposed to so damp an atmosphere must now come forward in very poor
condition. Such samples will now be neglected by the millers, but on the contrary they
will turn their attention more to old qualities, and these may take favour
and make up for the deteriorated qualities of new.

       Weather permitting, barley threshing will go on in preference to the
wheat threshing; while where the root crops are sound they will be much
benefited by this moist state of the weather.

             -Mark LANE Express.

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