25 August 1995

Maize DM up by 2.5%

AVERAGE maize dry matters have increased by 2.5% for the second week to an average of 21.4% in the FARMERS WEEKLY/Coop de Pau survey.

Harvest is expected to be up to four weeks earlier than last year. The sites at Winchester and Hinckley have shown the greatest dry matter increases but Coop de Paus John Hardy warns of false maturity where cobs were drying before total grain fill.

In contrast marginal sites at Carmarthen and the SAC Dumfries have benefited from rain and some slightly cooler temperatures.