MAIZE SEED 2012
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Dairy Consultancy Services are able to supply Maize seed delivered direct to farms throughout the UK at very competitive prices due to our group purchasing.
If you would like prices please email us details of acreage grown and current varieties and we will provide you with a quotation.
We are very fortunate to be able to offer a portfolio of 18 Maize varieties. From the ultra early Picker to Dualto at maturity group 6 both giving very high yields for their maturity class. Not forgetting the earliest maturing grain maize variety of Baltis.
Successful maize is not just a matter of yield, the key is quality. And quality silage starts with quality varieties suited to the local growing conditions.
As the crop matures, sugars produced in the leaves and stem are transported to the cob and converted to starch which is the valuable source of silage energy. If a hybrid fails to mature and convert the sugars the result can be silage with lower intake capabilities and food value lost as effluent. The mature crop should be at the optimum whole plant dry matter of 30% to allow maximum benefit from the silage.
Choice of site
Maize will grow well on a variety of soil types but performs best on lighter land with deep soil and good moisture. Sheltered sites are best to encourage strong and steady growth , throughout the short season. North facing fields are best avoided. A slight slope to help drainage on heavy soils can be an advantage. Seed should be sown when soil temperature s reach 8-10°C on a running average over 6 days, usually the first week in May.