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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

Lands under Crop and Yield

Lands under Crop and Yield.

The area of land under crop for the last year of which I have any record was over 1,285,000 acres, the produce of which, in bushels, was 5,723,000 wheat, average 18.99 Per acre; 9,947,000 oats, average 28.73 per acre; nearly 754,000 barley, average 23.18 per acre; over 238,000 maize average 41.48 per acre; nearly 63,000 tons of hay; and 178,000 tons of potatoes, average 5.45 per acre. In almost every instance the average produce per acre is vastly in excess of the returns from any of the other colonies. For many years this industry has maintained large proportions, and it is appropriate that I should mention it specially in connection with the South Island, seeing that more than one half of the total grain crop was grown in Canterbury, and upwards of one third in Otago—in fact, no less than 89.74 Per cent, of the entire crop was grown in this island. After providing for our own requirements, both for seed and consumption, in the matter of wheat, our export was 4,468,000 bushels of the value of £672,247.

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