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This is a much broader issue outside the scope of this review. 6], which is useful both for the quality of its argument and for many references relating to the whole question of agriculture versus urban growth. One cautionary note must be added concerning a general issue in land classification. It is all too easy to assume that land is essentially fixed in quality and that physical characteristics are of dominant and continuing importance. Clearly, however succeeding generations of farmers re-assess their productive resources against the background of changed technology and changes in the values of output and the cost of inputs.
Prices paid to farmers for grain and pulses are collected weekly from selected markets. The major port markets also provideweekly information on the prices of imported feed grains and feedingstuffs. Weekly prices paid to growers for baled hay and straw are also available. 11 In Northern Ireland, market prices for fat cattle and sheep are received daily from all livestock auction markets. Weekly reports of numbers and prices of store and breeding animals are obtained from representative auction markets.
21 There was no major updating of Stamp's framework until the 1960's though the Soil Survey of England and Wales continued work on the mapping of soils and this effort was extensively drawn on in subsequent agricultural land classification eventually carried out by MAFF. 22 In 1964, the first of a new series of agricultural land classification maps was produced, covering the MAFF South East Region of England. Only this area was surveyed and the series was discontinued. Subsequently, there followed the Provisional Land Classification of England and Wales in one-inch map form which since 1966 has covered the whole of England and Wales.