The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69
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It may, perhaps, here not be out of place to quote a few paragraphs from the report of Mr. Proctor Baker, who was appointed by the Royal Commissioners to report on the grain sections in the Colonies and Indian Exhibition of 1886.
"The average produce of over 26 bushels of wheat per acre, and over 32 bushels of barley, places New Zealand in the position of being among the most prolific countries in the world . . . . . .The samples of wheat shown in sheaf by the Canterbury Association are so remarkable as to be placed on record. . . . . . . In fact, nothing finer than these wheats has probably ever been seen. The wheats of commerce which are shipped to England do not approach in quality these fine specimens . . . . . .The samples of barley were simply magnificent, and such barley as the Chevalier would bring enormous prices in England . . . . . In the quality of its oats, again, New Zealand is in one front rank. The samples of potato oats are unsurpassable . . . . . In all the chief grains, New Zealand has shown by these samples a production of superb quality and in prolific quantities"