Sourcing maize grain

There are a significant number of grain companies who can supply whole or processed maize grain. Talk to your local maize planting or harvesting contractor or call 0800 PIONEER (746 633) to find the supplier closest to you.

Some farmers are choosing to grow their own supply of maize grain on farm or a run-off. Alternatively the crop can be harvested as earlage or high moisture corn. The latter two products are not suitable for feeding in most meal feeding systems.

Economics of growing maize grain

The cost of growing maize grain is shown in this table. Storage and processing costs must be added to give an estimated total cost per kgDM maize grain.

Indicative Maize for Grain Costs of Production for the 2016-17 Season1

Inputs Indicative cost estimate ($/ha) My costs ($/ha)
Soil testing 7  
Base: Lime @ 1 t/ha 70  
Base fertiliser (300kg/ha) + application 220  
Cultivation: To planting specifications 370  
Pioneer® brand maize seed P0891 @ 94,000/ha 430  
FAR levy ($0.90/10,000 kernels @ 94,000/ha) 8  
Seed insecticide treatment (Poncho®) 130  
Starter fertiliser 250kg/ha DAP+ application 220  
Planting 150  
Pre-emergence weed control 60  
Post-emergence weed control 60  
Side-dressing 250kg/ha urea + application 210  
Spraying: Two Applications 80  
Harvest: Combine 380  
Interest on $2,015 @ 8% for 8 months 110  
Total costs (inputs & interest) $2395  

 

Yield
Tonnes per hectare: WET 12.14 13.29 14.45 15.61 16.76
Tonnes per hectare: DRY (@ 14% moisture) 10.50 11.50 12.50 13.50 14.50
Cartage and Drying Costs
Cartage - 50 km @ $18 per wet tonne 220 240 260 280 300
Drying (from 22% to 14%) @ $40 per wet tonne 490 532 580 620 670
Total drying costs per hectare 710 770 840 900 970
Cost Summary 10.5 t/ha DRY 11.5 t/ha DRY 12.5 t/ha DRY 13.5 t/ha DRY 14.5 t/ha DRY
Input costs 2,395 2,395 2,395 2,395 2,395
Interest (on input costs) 110 110 110 110 110
Drying costs / cartage costs 710 770 840 900 970
Total costs $3,215 $3,275  $3,345 $3,405 $3,475

Conclusions

Maize grain is an excellent supplementary feed option for New Zealand dairy farmers. For more
information on any aspect of feeding, processing or storing maize grain, or if you are considering
growing a crop yourself talk to your local Pioneer representative on 0800 PIONEER (746 633).

1 Pioneer® brand Maize for Grain Catalogue 2016-2017 pg.36.