Maize - an opportunistic crop this year

Maize - an opportunistic crop this year

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Maize on arable farms could be an attractive option this season for use as AD feedstock or for livestock feed. With livestock farmers looking to rebuild forage stocks, there will be increased interest in either growing maize on contract with a local arable farmer, or buying standing crops. Maize works well as an alternative to spring cereals in the rotation and can be a useful break crop if blackgrass is an issue. As the objectives of the end user and grower are different, it is vital to select the right variety. The livestock farmer will be interested in both the quality and total yield of forage, focussing on characteristics like dry matter yield, starch content and cell wall digestibility. AD plant operators will want to maximise energy yield to optimise methane production. The grower will be more concerned with fresh yield and early maturity, to harvest in time to allow for an autumn sown crop to be established in the rotation. First, look for the correct maturity of varieties to suit your site. Then, select varieties with improved early vigour for rapid establishment. Finally, select for yield and quality parameters to ensure your maize will combine high yields with excellent feed quality. Following this process will ensure you produce forage that will meet both you and your end users needs. Selecting the right maize variety Pinnacle, Prospect and Gatsby are three new varieties from LG which combine agronomic, yield and feed quality attributes to successfully meet the diverse needs of both growers and end users. If you need further help on variety selection, try our handy heat map tool to find out which varieties can be grown on your farm, or download the LG Maize Selection Guide.

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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