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In Scotland harvest prospects are chequered by the ravages of the turnip-fly—which have rendered re-sowing necessary over a large area—and the fears of potato disease. Wheat is not largely grown in the country, barley is better than it is in England, and oats are equally good. From Ireland the reports till recently were more exuberant than any from England or Scotland; but recent reports speak of great injury from heavy rain. Still, as in the two last years, the Sister Island will probably rejoice in a better harvest than we shall enjoy on this side of St. George's Channel.

Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2256—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, July 29, 1882, p.119

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