MGA NEWSLETTER MARCH 2001
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CONTENTS OF THIS MAILING NUTRIENT INFORMATION
Getting ready for the maize crop
Simon Draper Are you wasting money on unnecessary
MGA Annual Maize Conference
Report (if applicable)
Errata to Maize Variety Book
Nutrients available from a cow can be worth £70/year or more and 2 cows can
letter & data from Simon
supply enough nutrients for 1 ha of maize if used strategically. MGA has been
Fax back MGA Research conducting trials looking at fertiliser requirements of the maize crop and some
Report request form of the findings, particularly in relation to Phosphate requirements, could save
MAIZE CONFERENCE Simon Draper has detailed this information in the enclosed technical note
Did you miss the Maize 'Getting ready for the maize crop.'
Those who attended the MGA We urge members to make use of the Nitrogen Predictor (data sheet was sent
Conference agreed that this was a with your January mailing), and consider the value of the nutrients you already
beneficial and enjoyable day. If have on your farm when calculating your fertiliser requirements.
you were unable to attend the
Maize Conference you will find a A full copy of the Phosphate Use report to which Simon refers is available from
copy of the Conference Report, the MGA Office on request.
which contains copies of all the
presented papers & includes a PLEASE CONSIDER THE RESEARCH RESULTS AVAILABLE -
summary of all MGA R & D THEY COULD SAVE YOU MONEY
results of trials carried out last MGA Promar International &
Biotal, RESEARCH RESULTS Should any members require a
year, enclosed. Nickerson). copy of the Whole Crop
Conference papers please either
Congratulations to indicate this on the fax back
Richard Tomlinson, Full research reports
winner of the Milk & request form or contact the office
available to members
- these will be sent to members
Meat from Maize Silage The full research reports for each
BASIS charge. Please note that
free of POINTS AVAILABLE
Competition 2001 of the MGA's R & D trials
non-members are charged the
Richard collected his prize of undertaken last year (listed) are
delegate rate of £21 for their
£500 cash, the HSBC Agriculture available to members on request.
perpetual trophy and enough A fax back request form is
additive to treat 500 tonnes of enclosed with this mailing. A
maize silage at the Maize reminder of the R&D work results
Conference. Richard was the available follows:- MGA Conferences
Effect of row width & seed rate on qualify for Basis points
overall winner of the competition the yield & quality of forage maize.
the final round of which was so Use of Vaderstad drill to achieve the Members who qualify for Basis
close that the difference between correct row width & seed rate. points can claim these if they
Interaction between variety & attended PAYMENTS MGA
ARABLE either of theUPDATE
Richard and the next score was
literally half a point! The runners Interaction between starter fertiliser
Conferences. Please contact
up were Bicton College of & nitrogen. Noelle at the office who will
Agriculture, Andrew Stevens who Interaction of variety & drilling advise you of the Basis reference.
farms in Lechlade, Jim Williams CROP
who farms in Barnsley & David Grain maize trials report.
Christensen who farms in Oxon. MGA continue to pursue
Many thanks again to the the Arable Area
Competition sponsors (HSBC Whole Crop Conference Payment issue
Update by Tim Gue (R & D Chairman)
Agriculture, Farmers Weekly, a success
MGA representatives recently met
with the chairman of NFU Cereals
Committee to lobby for their present and suffers similar products, to justify the increased
support on maize area aid issues. cutbacks in area aid, it was cost. However, there will be
It was a useful meeting allowing pointed out that if sweetcorn conditions that may benefit by
both sides to put forward their receives full area aid and is increasing the trace element
positions. classed as a cereal, grain maize availability, and should a problem
While the NFU is able to support should be treated the same. be persistent, protection of one or
our claim for full area aid for The meeting with Ms Quin came more trace elements could be
grain maize their position on MINERALS
about as a direct result of our worthwhile.
forage maize remains firmly close relationship with the
against merging the base areas, as Environment Agency and the Action
this would (slightly) reduce area praise this 'partnership' has
payments for other arable crops. received from all quarters Ensure that your diets are
adequately mineralised with
They favour pushing for a base standard trace element sources.
area enlargement for maize - NFU Where this involves adding a
members, please lobby them to Are you supplying the mineral supplement daily, see that
ensure that they do push for this! the specification is appropriate for
correct minerals? -
some advice regarding the diet fed, and the required
The following week MGA amount is fed every day.
representatives met with The Rt. mineral choice from our
Ruminant Consultant, Chris Savery
Hon Joyce Quin MP Minister of Before moving to protected trace
State for Agriculture to discuss elements, be clear as to what you
What is being protected and
area payments and funding for a are hoping to achieve and why.
what is the benefit?
project on Sustainable Maize Trace elements (copper, Some analysis / dietary
Drilling. The funding issue is manganese, zinc, selenium and assessment is desirable to support
being hampered by the fact that iodine) are the main minerals to the symptoms seen. Feeding more
the England Rural Development be protected. They are protected of the standard trace element
Board funds are only available for (or chelated) by combining with source may be as effective as a
local or regional projects not organic compounds (often protected source, and cheaper.
national ones. Ms Quin agreed proteins or amino acids).
that our projects were worthwhile Chelation of trace elements is not All members should have details
and will report back having new, and indeed natural chelates of the MGA range of minerals but
explored the funding issue. occur. The main reason to protect should MAIZE TOUR
GRAINany member have a query
trace elements is to increase the with regard to mineral choice or
The Minister was sympathetic to availability of the trace element to specification, please do not
our position with regard to area the animal. How this occurs is not hesitate to contact me via the
payments for maize. It was clear, but the organic form may be MGA office.
pointed out that in some instances metabolised differently. They are
the advantage some other EU milk typically found under the names
producer's gain over us as a result of bioplexes, metalosates,
of receiving full area payments optimins, nutrisols and carbosans. An interest in Grain
could be worth up to 0.5 pence a
litre! She expressed her Maize?
Many ruminant production and A small two-day tour to France to
frustration of a system that was health problems are blamed on
based on history rather than look at grain maize is being
‘mineral deficiency’, and though organised to take place in June.
looking to the future. She believes there are clear cases of deficiency,
that the arguments for a larger Numbers are very limited but if
there are possibly as many WINTER TOUR 2001
base area are sound, but it has you are interested in attending
concerns over mineral this tour, please contact the office
never been done before. It is interactions. Most of these can be
unlikely that any changes will be for further details. Places will be
corrected with standard sources of allocated strictly on a first come,
allowed in the short term, additional minerals.
however EU enlargement could first served basis.
offer an opportunity to argue the There have been, and are a wealth
case. This is due to happen in two of claims for the benefits of trace
years time so we must continue to element protection in ruminants
lobby this issue. Please help us by Your views would be
(improved production, fertility,
writing to your MP about this; it reduced mastitis and lower SCC
will get to Ms Quin. Two countries have been
in particular). In most cases there
suggested for the MGA's Winter
is insufficient independent
Grain maize falls into the same Tour this year Holland and
evidence for the use of protected
category as forage maize at Southern Ireland. We would
trace elements in standard mineral
appreciate members' views as to
where you feel a tour would be
most beneficial before proceeding
with arrangements. Please contact
Noelle at the MGA Office (Tel:
01189 761276 or Fax: 01189