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Date: 26th September 2018

James Todd, Farms Manager at Newton Rigg College is seen here (right) with Agrovista’s Steven Gate looking over the forage maize crop at Sewborwens Farm, a few days before harvest was due - three weeks earlier than usual.

The farm grows 24.7ha of (65 acres) of forage maize for the college’s 250 head dairy herd. These varieties include ‘Ambition’ from Limagrain and ‘P7326’ from Pioneer, in addition to the Pioneer variety trial.  

'Ambition' from Limagrain occupied about half the 24.7ha (65 acres) of forage maize grown for the college’s 250-head dairy herd with the remainder as a Pioneer variety trial.
Sewborwens hosts the Pioneer PACTs trial as the most northerly site in the country contributing to Pioneer's database.

The maize was sown under Samco photo-degradable film on 24th April and was due to be harvested. It is expected to yield 30%-plus DM (dry matter) and in excess of 30% starch with a predicted field of 49.5t/ha (20t/acre).

Newton Rigg is part of Askham Bryan College. It is the third year that maize trials have been run at Sewborwens.

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