Agriculture by G. H. Peters (auth.)

By G. H. Peters (auth.)

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The month of June is excellent for major field crops but it is now quite obvious that there are sectors of the industry which can change quickly (intensive livestock and poultry provide examples) and in which timing (fan be inherently difficult. If casual labour is involved much of the employment falls in the harvest months; June is too early to pick it up, December is too late. Similarly, though the example is somewhat extreme, a census in June will completely fail to cover turkey production since birds will not be on farm at that time, while December may be too late particularly if freezing increases in importance.

Distribution of holdings at the June census analysed by crop size groups at national, regional and county level are available for wheat, badey, oats, total cereals, total potatoes, sugar beet and oilseed rape. I08], containing the provisional and final results of the June census and the final results of the December census for England and the United Kingdom. 138]. 157] contains information on the area of crops grown in the open which are irrigated in England and Wales. The latest enquiry took place in 1983 and before that in 1978.

This gradually extended to other products, notably under the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. The emergence of agricultural support also resulted in detailed recording of output at various stages in the production and distribution process, and the appearance of marketing boards, where milk is of particular significance, has resulted in there being distinctive points of first sale. 10 In England, Wales and Scotland selected market prices of livestock are obtained from representative auction markets.

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