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MAIZE SEED
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dairy Consultancy Services are able to supply Maize seed direct delivered 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.
 
What is a Maize Heat Unit? M.H.U. 
 
A maize heat unit is the mean of the maximum and minimum day degrees above 6 C on an accumulative basis from the 1st May to 30th September.
Any additional heat available in October is not taken into account as this can be unreliable in some years.
 
Care has been taken to produce the maps in as much detail as possible but due to the size there may be some small area within regions that have historically been proven unsuitable for maize growing.
 
In order for a maize crop to reach maturity each variety requires a certain amount of Maize Heat units, and some hybrids need more than others to allow them to reach an acceptable level of dry matter.
 
The set of maps has been compiled from 30 years MET office data to show the average amount of available Maize Heat Units in areas of the UK. The number of M.H.U. available can then be related to the hybrid maturity group suitable for that area.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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