Early doors – maize harvest in August!

Maize harvest was underway on August 30, 2018 on one Cheshire farm – the earliest harvest on record, according to Limagrain’s Brian Copestake.

“First indications are that yields are average, but cob size is large. We anticipate that dry matter content and starch will be good.”

This is four weeks earlier than normal, due entirely to the long dry summer. The crop – an early maturing Limagrain variety supplied by Wynnstay – was mature, so fit for harvesting.

Maize crops across the UK are expected to mature much earlier than normal this year. “Once it reaches maturity, the crop should be harvested to avoid the risk of lodging, especially in a year like this that has seen poor root development.”

More information on Limagrain’s forage maize varieties can be found on its web site  www.lgseeds.co.uk/maize

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.