Any maize crops still standing should be harvested now before they suffer any more frosts, believes Neil Groom,Grainseed technical manager. Patience has defiantly paid off this year, with crops reaching full maturity in this Indian summer.
Extensive frosting on 18 October finishedstarch lay down in many crops and its now best to get everything securely chopped and in the pit. If leaf becomes dry and brittle and has moulds growing on the surface then consider applying a chemical based additive to prevent spoilage during feedout.
“Early analyses are showing high levels of starch due to high grain content. However, any crops prematurely cut have resulted in lower dry matters than the optimum of 30% and these silages will require careful balancing, particularly if grass silage is wet as well,” believes Mr Groom.
Farmers Weekly/Grainseed Maize Dry Matters
|Site||Drill Date||Height above sea level (m)||Crop dry matter 17 October|
|Petworth, Sussex||20 April||50||Harvested|
|Harleston, Norfolk||23 April||30||32.7 +2.4|
|Credition Devon||17 April||118||Harvested|
|Ticknall, Derbyshire||12 April||67||Harvested|
|Poyerston, Pembroke *||2 May||20||Harvested|
* Variety Nancis, all other sites are Agreement