Maize crop maturity has remained static on challenging maize-growing farms this week, says Neil Groom, technical manager for Grainseed.

“I think this is due to the green nature of crops and the fact we have only just started having colder nights, which have switched the crop into dry down mode.”

Maize in better growing regions has moved forward in whole plant dry matter, as shown on the site in Norfolk, which has increased by 2.2% in a week.

As fields become wetter after autumn rains, growers are advised to fill gateways with hardcore to help clean wheels before driving on the road. Soil contamination of silage can also be reduced by reversing trailers onto the pit apron, so they tip in a clean area, he advises.