Online Shop - Forage Maize
We are leading suppliers of forage maize to the UK dairy industry, offering a wide and exclusive portfolio of varieties (NIAB recommended) to suit any maize grower (organic available).
We also helped develop and sell exclusively the newest development in forage maize production: DUO MAIZE. DUO MAIZE is a new concept in forage maize growing whereby two compatible maize varieties are grown side by side (row by row) in the same field. Trials have shown a £298/ha margin increase.
Our forage maize varieties are not sold online at present, but please contact us for more information or a quote over the email/telephone.
There are 11 trial sites across England plus the Kingshay trials that give us a true picture of varieties for the UK. We are looking for:
- Early vigour
- Cob formation
- Early harvest date
- Dry matter at harvest
- Newest and most important, plant digestibility
As we all know the weather has been a major factor through all stages of growing a field of maize.
April - The coldest since 1989 - the temperature failed to reach 20 c anywhere and was the wettest April on record , many areas received twice if not three times monthly rainfall.
May - A very wet first 3 weeks led to many regional and county shows being cancelled - there was sunshine in the last week in May.
June - Complete absence of warm and settled weather - coolest since 1991 and wettest since 1910.
July - Other than a few days of really quite hot days July has been cloudy and fairly cool.
There is no doubt the better crops we have seen have been a result of good attention to detail, the use of a starter fertilizer followed by a top dressing and foliar feed, consistent weed control as we maintain that maize should be sprayed with a pre-emergence and post emergent herbicide.
Soil structure has also played a big part in that some of the poorer sites have shown signs of heavy compaction and on digging into the soil it's obvious there is no air available to help the seed function.
1" of heavy rain falling is equivalent to a 4 tonne roller.
Many growers are continuing to use a foliar feed
As a service to our customers we are currently testing maize dry matters.
Early indications show that stable early varieties such as MAS 09A are just over 29% DM. Slightly later types such as Troizi and Beacon are running around 27% with Falkone and MAS 17E at 25%.
These results are from Sussex with a drilling date of mid May.