Maize harvest is expected to be two to three weeks ahead of a normal year.
Maize harvest could be two to three weeks ahead of a normal year, according to John Morgan, Creedy Associates speaking at a recent AHDB Dairy event held at Longlands Farm, Redwick, Gwent.
After a summer of good sunlight and little rain, it may be time to re-sheet the pit and phone the contractor.
Mr Morgan said: “Dairy farmers are incredible people because they take on so many tasks and have so much to manage, and for this reason maize may not receive the amount of attention it really requires and often can be left standing longer than really required.”
To see if a crop of maize is fit to cut, Mr Morgan advises 10 cobs are taken from plants in a representative part of the field, away from the headland, and peeled.
If cobs are then snapped in half, the ‘milk line’, where hard starch becomes ‘milk’, is seen at half way down the kernel.
Mr Morgan said: “This will indicate a dry matter content of 32-34 per cent, which is correct for silage making.”