29 September 2000

This Fabius crop was sown into cold, heavy clay over greensand on May 6, following a flax crop. An N top-dressing in early June supplemented the NPK applied at drilling, while atrazine applied at half-rate, pre-emergence, has kept the crop weed-free. Despite an altitude of only 40m (130ft), and south coast location, the heavy soil makes this a relatively marginal site for growing maize. However, by Aug 31, plants were approaching 2.4m (8ft) tall with well developed cobs; planned harvest date is the third week in September.

Grand prize to be won…

farmers weekly, in association with Advanta UK, is giving away £1000* worth of forage maize seed every week for the next two weeks – and you can enter each week to increase your chances of winning.

Entering the competition is simple. Use your skill and the agronomic information provided to guess the yield of the maize field shown in the photo.

Four winners will be able to select £1000 worth of forage maize from any Advanta variety available commercially in the UK such as Hudson, Lincoln, Melody, Fabius, Orient, Andante, Renard, Sonnet, Serenade or Ivory.

The yield of all crops will be calculated from a sample at harvest and winners notified by late October. In the event of more than one correct entry, the tie-break question requires you to estimate the crops starch percentage.

*Price based on 2001 RRPs.

&#8226 You may enter as many times as you like. The closing date for all entries is Oct 13. Proof of postage is not proof of receipt.

No cash alternative will be offered. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. A list of winners will be published in FW.

farmers weekly/Advanta Yield the Field Competition

&#8226 Yield of the field …………………t/ha fresh weight

&#8226 Starch percentage of the harvested crop …………………% starch

For example, the NIAB Descriptive List 2001 – early varieties on favourable sites – gives the variety Hudson a fresh yield of 41.74t/ha at 31.6% starch.

Name……………………………………………………………………………………………

Address………………………………………………………………………………………..

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……………………………………………… Post code……………………………………..

Phone number………………………………………………………………………………..

E-mail address………………………………………………………………………………..

Area of forage maize grown…………..ha

Mark your envelope Maize 3. Closing date for all entries is Oct 13. Answers and winners will be announced in FW after the closing date.

Entries should be sent to: Yield the Field Competition 3, farmers weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS.