6 September 1996

Maize DM down 4%

MAIZE dry matters have fallen in the past week by up to 4% in East Anglia as rain arrived in significant quantities.

Coop de Paus Mike Warden explains that, although the vegetative growth stage of the plant is over, plants are still active enough to take up water, reducing DMs. Rain has also reduced starch contents compared with last weeks figures.

On the northernmost site in Dumfriesshire, DM has continued to rise and only 6% separates the highest and lowest DM figures (see table). "But," says SACs Arnood Hammeleers, "we need a period of high temperatures for the plant to lay down sufficient starch. &#42

Forage maize dry matter data from seven farms

Site locationDrillingHeight Aug 23Aug 29

dateabove seaDM%Starch DM% Starch

level (m)

Crediton, Devon4/511817.1-17.5-

Attleborough, Norfolk2/53522.2-18.8-

Carmarthen, Dyfed8/52315.9-19.1-

Winchester, Hampshire16/410022.730.422.528.8

Ticknall, Derbyshire30/46720.1-18.4 –

Castle Howard, Yorkshire9/57518.028.017.426.8

Dumfries, Scotland11/54515.5-16.2-