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. *
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