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To grow or not to grow

Posted 18 September 2017

A very wet winter has resulted in cows being stood off paddocks and being fed more supplements – thus the demand for maize this season is high. Because of this high demand and short supply, the price of bought-in maize has started to rise, and many farmers are questioning whether they should be growing maize on farm rather than buying it in.

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Successful maize establishment

Posted 18 September 2017

If you are planning to grow a maize silage crop this spring, now is the time to book your contractor and order maize supplies including insecticide-treated Pioneer® brand maize seed.

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Choosing the best maize silage hybrid

Posted 18 September 2017

The hybrid you plant will have an important influence on maize silage yield, quality and ultimately the profitability of your cropping enterprise. To choose the best maize silage hybrid this spring we suggest that careful consideration is given to the following:

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Why maize silage?

Posted 17 August 2017

While ryegrass-clover pasture continues to be the backbone of New Zealand livestock systems, variable and more severe weather patterns have created challenges for farmers seeking to build systems which are both profitable and environmentally sustainable.

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Maize silage ideal feed for transitioning cows off fodder beet

Posted 17 August 2017

Feeding fodder beet as a supplement for dry cows in the South Island has increased in popularity in recent years. However, many farmers are struggling to transition cows well from fodder beet to pasture once cows have returned from grazing.

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Pasture silage process worth close attention

Posted 17 August 2017

New Zealand pasture is known for its ability to create great milk, but what about pasture silage? While poor-quality silage is, at best, an expensive filler for cows, high-quality pasture silage is a valuable supplement that increases milk production and condition score gain. Making high-quality pasture silage requires a combination of quality pasture, excellent fermentation, and excellent stack or bale and feed-out management.

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