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The average yleld of wbeat per acre, as estimated by correspondents on the lat of tbia raonth. is in the southern couutles 14 06; in the central counties 12.78 bushels, and In the nortbern counties 14.55 bushel8. The Usures represent the average of the estiniates of al) the eorrespondents reporting trom each sectlon, and the estimates are based on the total acreage gowed as returned by snpervisors, and on examinations made when harvesting and stacklng. In additlon to the foregoing 218 correspondents In the southern counties and 23 in the central have furnished reports of actual threshings. The number of jobs reported threslied in the southern counties Is 1,184, acres 25,801, bushels 481,543, an average per acre of 18.00 bushels. The number of jobs reported threshed in the central counties Is 81, acres 825, bushels 16,174, an average per acre of 19.6U bushels. These averages, it will be noticed, are very much higher than the averages as estiinated by correspondent, which may be accounted for, in part, at least by the fact that while the averages, as estimated by correspondents, are based on acreage sowed, the averages as 6hown by treshIngs are in many cases based on acreage harvested. It is but just however, to state that the August estímate of correspondents is osually a conservative one, is considerably less than the actual outturn, as shown by the supervisor's reports of the following spring. Correspondents this year state that the erop is turning out better than was anticipated. The final reports wlll doubtless show the actual yield to be somewhere between the two sets of averages given below. In quality wheat is fully up to the average. In the southern counties, of 512 correspondents reporting the quality, 285 report it "good," 199 "average'' and 28 "bad." In the central counties 94 correspondents report it "good" 50 "average" two "bad;1' and in the northern counties 61 correspondents report it "good," 42 "average" and none ''bad." A uumberof pieces of wheat were cut in the southern two tiers of counties the last days of June. Iu Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Branch harvesting was quite generally begun f ro an the lstto the 5th of July, and farther north and east from the 7th to the lOlh. In the third, fourth, ftfth and sixth tiers of counties wheat was mostly cut between the 17th and 25th of July. The number of bushels of wheat reported marketed In July is 904,841 and in the year ending with August 1, 14,917,271. The wheat reported marketed in Juiy doubtless includes asmall amount of new wheat. Oats yield In the southern counties 29 bushels per acre, In the central 31 bushels and n the northern 27 bushel3 per acre. The gratu ia litit, In wuight uiid nuiy Dot be safely estimated at more than threefourths of an average. One month ago the outlook was for very nearly a full average erop. The hay erop or the state is fully up to the average and it has been secured in prime conditlon. The average eondition of corn in the soutbern counties Is now 73 as compared with 91 July 1. In the central counties the eondition is 92 and in the northern 101. It is practically the same in both aections as one mouth ago. The average eondition of potatoes in the southern counties is 62, in the central 81, and in the northern 91, a reduction in the southern counties of 34 per cent., and in the central of 14 per cent. during the month of July. Apples now promise only 25 percent of an average erop in the southern counties, 45 per cent in the central, and 37 percent in the northern. The decline in the southern counties since July 1, is 23 per cent, and since June 1, 67 per cent. The smal! yield and liglit weigtit of out and decline in eondition of corn and potatoes are due to severe drouth during July. The drouth has also injuriously affected meadows and pastures, and clover sowed this year. The conditlon ol newly seeded clover is now only 88 in the southern counties as compared with 104 on July 1. The rainfall in this section ot the state in April and May was largely in excess of the average or normal. In June there was a marked deüciency and in July a still greater deliciency. The average rainfall in July in this section as recordad at the stations of the state weather service was 1.14 inches. This is 3.1 inches below the normal. These figures, however, very imperfectly indícate the severity of the drouth. There was no general storm during the month. Local showers occurred on the lat, from the 12th to 14th, and on the 24th and 25th. At some stations the rainfall was quite heavy, while at others only a few miles distant there was llttle or no rain at all. The heaviest rainfall at any station was below the average or normal for July for the entire section. The State Detnocrat at Linsing, a red hot democratie sheet, in spe;iklng of deniocrat gubernatorial candidatos rlves the democratie party a left handed stitiger as follows: "Judge Morse is in our opinión the strongest democrat in Michigan, if he could run imtrammeledby untoward conditions. He was a brave soldier, has a brilliant record, whfeh U emphaslzed by hm empty sleeve. The soldiere of the state have a very liigh opinión and regard for bim. Bnt the democratie press lias been stiaiüng and sneering at soldiere and their pensions until the expectation to win the republican soldier vote for a democrat would be the sheereet folly even though that candidnte were a brilliant and popular soldier wiih au empty sleeve. Again the discontent and distress among farmers is general and great. Tliere was never before such political Indepe-ndence Hinong that class. Thousaude are reaily to ignore party lines, and vote their convictiens and for their Interests. The republicans will meet this cundition of things with a farmer candidato for governor. To contend witli this dissatisfled farmer vote, against a republican farmer candidate, with a soldier and a lavvyer would indeed be "a fatal mistake." The entire logle of the political situation is that the democrats should put a farmer agalnatthe republican farmer in thls cntest for farmer votes."


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