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Title: Improving yield and quality of forage maize.
Authors: Crowley, J.G.
Keywords: forage maize production
Hybrid type
photodegradable polythene film
Issue Date: 1-Sep-1998
Publisher: Teagasc
Citation: Crowley, J.G., Improving yield and quality of forage maize, End of Project Reports, Teagasc, 1998.
Series/Report no.: End of Project Reports;
Abstract: Maize silage is recognised world-wide as a high quality winter feed for livestock. Attempts to introduce the crop to Ireland in the early 1970’s failed because of the lack of suitable varieties. The release of maize varieties adapted to the colder North European and Irish climates has for the first time offered Irish beef and dairy farmers the opportunity to exploit the valuable assets of this crop. The transfer of the technology of growing maize under photodegradable polythene developed in France could further enhance the development of forage maize production in Ireland. The results presented show that the early type hybids released over the past five years are capable of producing high yields of high quality silage in selected sites across Ireland. To achieve satisfactory yields, site selection, early sowing and the use of adapted early maturing varieties is essential. Sowing maize through a photodegradable polythene film laid on the soil surface has proved successful. This technique can increase yields on average by 3.5 t/ha, increase dry matter content by 5% and starch content by ten percentage points. The system also advances maturity by approximately three weeks, guaranteeing that on most farms the maize crop will be mature and ready for harvest before the first heavy autumn frost.
Description: End of Project Report
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/1483
ISBN: 1901138720
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