10 September 1999

Maize races towards maturity

MAIZE continues to mature rapidly in most areas. Crops in the south-west appear to be the exception, being more vegetative and moving to-wards harvest slower than the rest of the country.

In East Anglia, light lands are al-ready cat-ching growers and contractors unawares; some crops are ready for harvest with mature cobs and green plants.

A similar situation is expected in the north west, with crops at present about three weeks away from harvest, a long way ahead of last year. &#42

Forage maize dry matter change

Site location DM % Aug 26 DM % Sept 3 Difference

Crediton, Devon 18.6 19.6 + 1.0%

Harleston, Norfolk 20.1 23.6 + 3.5%

Gelli Aur college, Dyfed 15.2 18.1 + 2.9%

Winchester, Hants 20.8 21.8 + 1.0%

Ticknall, Derbys 16.7 21.7 + 5.0%

Castle Howard, North Yorks 16.8 18.2 + 1.4%

Dumfries, Scotland* 13.9 15.8 + 1.9%

*Nancis, all others Sophy