30 August 1996

Maize variations

MAIZE maturity continues to vary widely across the country. More than likely this is due to the varied weather that regions experienced last week, explains Coop de Paus Mike Warden.

Whilst the west and north received moderate rainfall and cloud cover, the eastern side has had more sunshine and less rain so crop maturity will advance at a higher rate.

Generally dry matters continue to climb, with some large increases in dry matters in the north and east of the country (see table). Starch continues to be formed and laid down in the cob.

with very little difference between the two sites. This trend is as expected and with dry matters rising as well crop maturity is progressing towards harvest levels.

Forage maize dry matter data from seven farms

Site locationDrillingHeight Aug 15Aug 23

above seaDM%StarchDM%Starch

datelevel (m)

Crediton, Devon4/511815.5-17.1-

Attleborough, Norfolk2/53513.6-22.2-

Carmarthen, Dyfed8/52314.5-15.9-

Winchester, Hampshire16/410018.025.7522.730.4

Ticknall, Derbyshire30/46714.7-20.1-

Castle Howard, Yorkshire9/57513.4322.318.028.0

Dumfries, Scotland11/54513.85-15.5-