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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72



Mr J. Macfarlane, in speaking to the question of rust in wheat and grass, said that the Victorian Government had offered a large reward to anyone who would discover a rust resisting wheat, but no one had as yet claimed it. He moved, "That the question of rust in pastures be submitted to the Conference with a view of eliciting information about it."

Mr E. Hall, in seconding the motion, said that the attempts to introduce a rust resisting wheat were only partially successful.

Mr McLaren contended that the question of rust in wheat was a matter due entirely to the weather. In an ordinary dry season there was not much rust, whilst it was otherwise when the weather was damp.

Mr Chaytor said he had never any rust until last spring. It attacked a paddock of grass, which did not seem any the worse for it.

Mr Grigg thought there was very little they could do to increase our knowledge as to the cause of rust. Rust was due purely end simply to atmospheric influences. On some soils, it is true, the effect of the atmosphere is much greater than on others. Rust may not be seen for twenty years, and then it may become very prevalent again. Last year it was so. It was the first time he had seen it on ryegrass.

Messrs Fisher, Hall, Barnett and Macfarlane also spoke on this question.