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Why is my maize yellow, purple or uneven?

Posted 22 November 2017

Earlier in the season, it is not uncommon for maize plants that previously looked green and uniform to suddenly become yellow, purple or uneven. While insects, pests, root diseases, nutrient or chemicals are usually blamed as the main culprit, more often the problem tends to be due to other factors and is normally short term with very little or no impact on yields.

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Crop goals key to determining lucerne harvest schedule

Posted 20 November 2017

When scheduling your lucerne harvest, it is important to first determine what the yield, quality and persistence goals are for your crop. When harvesting for high quality, the first cut should be taken early in the season when the plants are around 30-40cm in height. Leave a 7-10cm residual after cutting to encourage a fast growth.

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Versatile, hardy crops for summer feed

Posted 20 November 2017

Farmers in warmer districts know that securing their summer or autumn feed supply is of utmost importance. And with all contract maize silage already committed for 2018, farmers cannot rely on buying in maize silage as and when needed; they need to have a solid plan in place that they can implement if summer dry turns to drought.

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Early crop management

Posted 19 October 2017

For most, stress about “whether to plough or disc, what hybrid to plant or when, or should I use starter fertiliser or not?” is gone, bringing a sense of relief that a major milestone has been achieved. In reality, the journey has only just begun and you should keep your foot on the gas! Profitable cropping involves focusing on management techniques that have substantial impact on yields.

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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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