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Why you should use seed treatment

Posted 25 May 2018

When research indicates that a loss of 75,000 maize plants per hectare is a very real possibility when insect pressure is extremely high, failing to use an insecticide-treated seed is a risky move. Although each paddock and growing environment is different, and may have a great degree of loss variability between seasons, insect and bird damage contribute to yield losses each and every season.

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Winter lucerne management essential for summer success

Posted 25 May 2018

When a well-managed lucerne stand can last 5-6 years, it is a no-brainer to take time to learn and implement correct seasonal management practices. And winter – which means weed control - is right around the corner.

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Forward planning key to a successful season

Posted 27 April 2018

The 2017-18 maize season has come to a close, and to increase the likelihood that your next crop is a successful one, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your future maize silage requirements.

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Making the most out of something good

Posted 26 April 2018

As humans we tend to remember both the very good times and the very bad times. I am sure even though we may want to forget it, last season will be one we will remember for a long time. Most of us survived it and for most regions, the summer has proven to be a very good one for plant growth.

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Make changes in response to the new season’s maize silage

Posted 26 April 2018

Last month I wrote about the impact that this growing season was likely to have on maize silage quality. I wrote about the likelihood that relatively short plants will produce big cobs and therefore produce more starch. It appears this is exactly what has happened on many farms. As in the case every season, the results beginning to come out of the feed testing labs are variable, however the vast majority of samples appear to have high starch, high drymatter and high digestibility figures. As a result, we are seeing a lot of maize silage samples with energy figures in the mid 11 MJME/kgDM range. This is about 0.5 to 1.0 mjme/kgDM higher than we would see in an average season! With this in mind, farmers need to consider making the following changes to their feed plans.

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How to rebalance your FEI

Posted 26 April 2018

In little over a decade palm kernel extract (PKE) grew from being a little-known by-product, to one of the most commonly used supplements on NZ dairy farms. The expansion and intensification and of dairying contributed to increase in sales but it was the easy accessibility of a relatively low-priced supplement that fuelled growth the most.

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