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Agriculture by G. H. Peters (auth.)

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For example estimates and forecasts of yields per hectare of the principal crops are made by local officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Welsh Office and the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland and, in England and Wales, by the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service. Some estimates of cereal yields made by crop reporters are adjusted on the basis of later information from sampie surveys of growers. In Scotland there is somewhat greater reliance on sampie surveys for primary information.

133] issued by the Board gives the basic and plantings area in Great Britain for the latest three years, and the area planted in England, Wales and Scotland for the latest year by varieties. 97] which is updated annually. 50] provides information on acreages of the various cereal crops. 43], published by MAFF, contains a ten-year run of the estimated cropped area of fruit by varieties; vegetables grown in the open; protected crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and mushrooms; non-edible horticultural produce; hops and potatoes.

Other similar instances can be cited and the potential user of statistics should make a particular effort to understand the appropriate farming practices and become aware of potential pitfalls in interpretation. 9 The census and survey operation just described is not, in itself, aimed specifically at the estimation of production and yields within agricuIture and this vital information must be collected in other ways. For example estimates and forecasts of yields per hectare of the principal crops are made by local officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Welsh Office and the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland and, in England and Wales, by the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service.

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