Maize crop up 20pc as record year is forecast
A record-yielding crop of maize has been predicted following one of the best growing seasons in living memory.
The 50,000ac crop looks set to yield up to 20pc more than last year, with some crops estimated to be capable of achieving 8t/ac of drymatter (DM).
Crops averaged 5t/ac last year and starch levels struggled to get above 25pc.
However, this year's crop is predicted to have starch levels of 35-36pc, making it "as good as any French crop", according to Maizetech's John Foley.
"The percentage of grain in the crop is going to be phenomenal," he said.
The good weather that the country has basked in since early May has made all the difference for the crop this year.
"It's all about the accumulated heat units and we got the heat here at just the right time," said the Wexford man, whose company supplies maize seed and plastic to growers and contractors.
"We all thought that the crop was going to be at least two or three weeks late in harvesting because conditions were so cold and backward at planting.