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Getting your paddocks ready for planting

Posted 08 October 2018

Failing to plan means you are planning to fail! This is an important concept to keep in mind as we draw closer to the planting season. With many of us itching to turn soil over and get those planters in the ground, the most critical thing is to make sure we are setting ourselves up for a successful maize cropping season. Part of this includes creating a good seedbed that allows 1) uniform seeding depth, 2) good seed to soil contact, 3) unrestricted root development, 4) unhindered air, water and nutrient movement.

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Management strategies for planting maize seed into cold soil

Posted 08 October 2018

Planting date is one of the most important factor in establishing a good maize stand and consequently, yield. With the maize planting season drawing near, there is always the excitement to get out and get started. Before deciding on the optimum planting date, several factors will have to be considered because the ideal date will vary by season or location. The key attributes to consider include soil type, soil temperature, soil moisture and amount of surface residue.

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High-quality pasture silage close in feed value to original pasture

Posted 30 August 2018

When there isn’t enough pasture to optimally feed cows, high-quality pasture silage is a valuable tool to increase milk production and condition score gain. In fact, when it’s made right, high-quality pasture silage is a great source of energy and protein for a milking cow. It can also be used as a fibre source when feeding high-sugar or starch feeds. However, that’s when it’s made right. Unfortunately, not all pasture silage is created equal.

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Why maize silage?

Posted 30 August 2018

As Pioneer brand customers, farmers reading this article are likely to be well aware of the many benefits of feeding maize silage to their herd. However, farmers decide to feed or grow maize for different reasons, and they may be surprised to learn that maize silage can also benefit other aspects of their farm business in addition to its intended purpose.

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Filling feed gaps

Posted 23 July 2018

New Zealand’s pasture-based dairy farming systems are revered worldwide, but with that reputation comes an expectation that pasture production should be the same year-in, year-out – and that’s not so.

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Higher input systems are more profitable

Posted 23 July 2018

The data is clear – higher input systems are more profitable. In the recently-released DairyNZ Economic Farm Survey and NZ Dairy Statistics, which surveyed the average physical and financial performance of 316 randomly-selected owner-operator herds across New Zealand during the 2016-17 production season, high input systems (those with more than 20% imported feed) were found to have the highest operating profit per hectare at $2,116.

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