Fusarium score of maize variety

Zippy768

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Mixed Farmer
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Dorset/Wilts
Not sure if this is better here, or dairy.
How important and relative is the fusarium score of a maize variety when being followed by wheat?
 

Brisel

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Arable Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
Maize variety doesn't affect the mycotoxin risk score for your following wheat. Yet. Worth considering if you're wanting to grow a milling variety but there isn't much market there since Premier Foods (Rank Hovis) at Southampton shut, only small mills at Andover & Avonmouth.
 

Zippy768

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Dorset/Wilts
Maize variety doesn't affect the mycotoxin risk score for your following wheat. Yet. Worth considering if you're wanting to grow a milling variety but there isn't much market there since Premier Foods (Rank Hovis) at Southampton shut, only small mills at Andover & Avonmouth.
Why do you say "yet"?
Will only be feed wheat.
Will fusarium spores(?) be more likely left in the maize stubble with a lower score variety?
Or do I not have to worry about fusarium scores in maize at all
 

Brisel

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Arable Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
My experience of growing different maize varieties isn't great, so I'm not fit to comment further. If thinking about the wheat, I wouldn't worry but would assume that you have a significant risk of fusarium in the following wheat, especially if you min till, grow a susceptible wheat variety etc.
 

Zippy768

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Dorset/Wilts
A far greater risk for wheat following grain maize , with all the trash left on the surface
That was what I was thinking, especially with it not ploughed in.
I went with the higher scored variety. £4/acre extra. Would I see that back though? I imagine I would treat the following wheat crop the same regardless
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

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