27 September 1996

Maize DM rises 4.7%

MAIZE dry matters increased by an average 4.7% this week on the seven sites monitored by fw.

Two of the sites, Winchester and Crediton, have been harvested this week with growers on the most northerly sites at Dumfries and Castle Howard forecasting harvest dates in three weeks time.

"Even with the sunny weather, the increase in dry matter is exceptional, and many early maturing varieties in the south and midlands are being harvested," says Coop de Paus Mike Warden.

He suggests that when dry matters are progressing quickly, growers must check crops at least twice a week, with cob ripeness the most important indicator of maturity.n

Forage maize dry matter data from seven farms

Site locationDrillingHeight Sept 12 Sept 19

dateabove seaDM% Cob DM%Cob

level (m) Starch%Starch %

Credition, Devon4/511825.3-29.7-

Attleborough, Norfolk2/53526.7-32.3-

Carmarthen Dyfed8/52321.4-25.3-

Winchester, Hampshire16/410027.432.124.132.2

Ticknall, Derbyshire30/46723.1-29.6-

Castle Howard, Yorkshire 9/57519.930.423.230.6

Dumfries, Scotland11/54519.0-21.7-