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About this time of the year, we always seem to get calls from merchants and farmers asking several versions of the same question: “Is it too late to plant maize silage in November?”
Over the last three years, pressure has increased on dairy farmers to produce food with a low environmental footprint.
Maize silage is a good fit with New Zealand systems because the rumen is a microbial environment, full of bacteria, fungi and protozoa which eventually help to produce milk or weight gain.
Maize silage harvest is running two-three weeks late in most areas because of later planting and cooler-than-average early summer temperatures.
Insufficient contract maize was grown this season, contributing to a feed shortage in drought conditions, says Federated Farmers Northland provincial president John Blackwell.
Some talk in the marketplace suggests reducing maize silage growing costs by decreasing planting population.
Harvest specialist Claas developed the first effective corn cracker system for its Jaguar forage harvester in the 1980s.