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Setting up for next spring

Posted 12 May 2017

This season has to have been one of the more challenging seasons for growing and harvesting maize silage. However, most of the crops have been harvested and are now being fed to dairy cows. The milking season is nearly over on many farms and farmers are beginning to plan for this coming calving. Maize silage is the perfect late lactation/early winter feed to enable farmers to achieve BCS and pasture targets this coming spring

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Managing Northern leaf blight

Posted 12 May 2017

Cool, moist conditions in late summer and early autumn resulted in a favourable environment for the development of northern leaf blight (NLB) in some parts of the country. Even though yield impact is likely to be minimal for the majority of crops, due to late infection, close monitoring for stalk integrity will be critical to minimise lodging losses.

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Managing maize for greater yield

Posted 27 April 2017

The American Corn Growers Association National Maize Grain Yield Contest achieved a new world maize grain record of 33.4 t/ha in 2015. An analysis of the competition results over time shows the importance of keeping plant population up. For entries above 25 t grain/ha there was a linear relationship between population and yield with each 12,000 plants/ha corresponding to a 1.9 t/ha increase in yield. To read the Amercian article click here. Note: Multiply bu/ac by 0.0628 to convert to t/ha.

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Maize silage - the supplement of the future

Posted 03 April 2017

Dairy Specialist, Ian Williams has worked with farmers feeding Pioneer® brand maize silage for the past 17 years. He has supported our customers through the ups and downs of the milk payout as well as through major climatic events including droughts and floods. Ian is passionate about maize silage and he believes it has an important role to play in future dairy farm systems for five key reasons.

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More research, better product decisions

Posted 03 April 2017

Farmers often use hybrid performance during the current season to help decide which hybrids to plant the following year. However using good quality yield data from trials conducted at multiple locations over several years can help you make a better decision. There are several important considerations when looking at results from trial plots or strips.

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Successful pasture establishment after maize

Posted 27 February 2017

With maize silage harvest just around the corner, it’s time to think about establishing new pasture. Now is a good time to arrange a soil test, order seed and determine a weed control regime. If your maize is running late, consider planting a winter crop or annual ryegrass which will be easier to establish under cooler soil conditions.

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