Our complete maize silage service includes the establishment of the maize crop, crop protection and nutrition, harvest and the ensiling process. We can tailor this service and operations to suit your individual needs.
Maize is a bulky crop and when managed correctly it can produce very high yields in just one harvest. Unlike grass silage, maize can produce in excess of twenty tonnes per acre. Grass silage can produce this same tonnage but over the course of three cuts. As such, as good crop of maize offers excellent value. The success of a maize crop lies heavily in the correct preparation of the stale seed bed prior to drilling. Maize should only be drilled in soil temperatures of 8 degrees and above to provide optimum conditions for growth; any less and the growth rate will be slow leading to a poorer crop. Additionally, weed control in maize is essential as they will inhibit the growth of the plant as maize will not compete for moisture and nutrients. We prefer to spray with a pre-emergence for early weed control and further on as the maize grows to combat a later flush of weed growth.
Maize harvest usually begins at the end of September through to October and a ten row maize header is operated on our forage harvester enabling a quick and efficient single harvest. The high output of this machine enables it to work efficiently without travelling at higher speeds therefore allowing it to work more effectively. The inbuilt corn cracker is essential to crack the grains as the crop is harvested and avoid any losses of nutrients and starch held within the grain when passing through the cows gut. The maize header operates with stubble height control and lateral float to enable us to cut the maize at a consistent height which reduces the risk of contamination of soil and dirt on the maize stalks if they are cut too short. Collected in trailers, typically a team of 3, depending on distance, the maize is transported to the clamp to be ensiled. As with all silages it is important the ensiling process is completed swiftly to consolidate the silage to remove the air and aid the fermentation process in the clamp.
The end product is a high starch based fodder which can be fed alongside grass silage as a balanced ration for livestock.
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