29 September 1995

Dry matters better than expected

EARLY indications are that the dry matter contents of many maize crops harvested in the farmers weekly/Coop de Pau survey are higher than expected, with very mature cobs.

The Driffield site, which suffered severe drought stress, is reported to have filled its cobs quite well now and is expected to make good silage.

Maize at Dumfries is at 21% dry matter, but Arnoud Hameleers of the Scottish Agricultural College is confident the crop is developing well and will be ready for harvest within the next two weeks – as will the maize crops for most growers in the region.

"More marginal areas have produced an excellent maize crop this year, far better than the more traditional growing areas that have been hit by the drought," says James Woodbridge of Coop de Paus UK agent Grainseed.

Coop de Pau 1995 forage maize dry matter data from seven farms

Site locationDrillingHt aboveDM%DM%

datesea level (m)Sept 14Sept 21

Crediton, Devon16/4118 – –

Attleborough, Norfolk3/53528.5 (harv)31.2 (harv)

Winchester, Hants23/4137 – –

Carmarthen, Dyfed16/415228.8 (harv) –

Driffield, Yorks13/53721.622.4

Hinckley, Leics1/511029.7 (harv) –

Dumfries, Scotland11/54520.021.9

Average DM 1995 sites25.725.2