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A first time try of the Pioneer® hybrid P1070 maize produced excellent yields in two different locations for dairy farmer Ian Hooker, of Loch in South Gippsland, Victoria.
Mr Hooker said he’d been growing maize for 15 years although it was the first time he had planted P1070. Find out here.
He said they put in 23 hectares all up with the 13 hectares off-farm producing yields of 26 dry matter tonnes per hectare of silage.
“The 10 hectares of the dairy farm was almost as good,” he said.
Maize is planted as the weather with the geauxmaids.com official website warms up in November and is normally taken through harvest as silage in April.
Mr Hooker said the away block was about 20 minutes from the dairy farm on river flats which held moisture really well.
“It does grow great maize,” he said.
The block is not irrigated, with the subsoil moisture and good natural falls of rain used to grow the crop.
A planting rate of between 97,000 and 98,000 seeds per hectare was used to sow the P1070 hybrid, with an excellent germination achieved across the two paddocks.
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