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Users of the maps should be aware of their drawbacks which include the minimum area classified, the arbitrary nature of the five grades chosen and the broad range of productive potential of land in Grade 3. However, supplements to the map sub-divided this grade into three further categories, explained in Agricultural Land Classification oi England and Wales: The Definition and Identification oi Sub-grades within Grade 3. Technical Report No. 48]. 23 As the title indicates, the above series is provisional and is being superseded by Land Use Capability maps prepared by the Soil Survey of England and Wales.

Anyone tempted to derive English material by difference would have been disappointed: there was no corresponding table in the Welsh volume. 84] that the four countries were separately recognised in a tabulation from 1977. 25]. It contains details of the output of principal agricultural products; area of crops and livestock numbers; subsidies and improvement schemes; number and earnings of agricultural workers. Figures are given for the current year and usually two previous years. 29] covers all aspects of agriculture in the province.

It details agricultural area and its use, livestock numbers, agricultural holdings, labour 28 AGRICULTURE and machinery, production and marketing, live stock prices, land prices and rents, grants and subsidies, farm structure, and provides separate material for "less favoured areas" in the province. 8 A detailed comparison of content between the three country volumes and Agricultural Statistics: United Kingdom would be extremely tedious and will not be attempted. However, it should be pointed out that the position which was reached could be greeted, at least, with a somewhat wry smile.

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