Insight into the current assortment landscape

Around 100 farmers came to the AGRAVIS maize field evening at the test farm in St. Mauritz on Wednesday evening, 3 September, in order to learn about new maize varieties, cultivation strategies, fertilising processes and combating pests.

Every year is different, and each year brings new challenges for farmers and their fields. "I find this event fantastic because you get tips, and don't have to learn from your own mistakes," says Bernd Herweg, farmer from Handorf. "It has rained a lot in the last two weeks and we cannot drive the combine harvesters on the field. This means we cannot sew the next crops either and the crop rotation is delayed," is how the farmer describes his current challenges. The AGRAVIS crop farming consultants led the visitors through the various maize varieties. A total of 100 different silage and grain maize varieties are grown in the test fields. The tests at the test farm pertain to new and proven grain and maize varieties, innovative plant protection and various soil processing procedures.

AGRAVIS Sales Consultant Stefan Wichmann used a number of examples to explain advantages and disadvantages in cultivation. "In 2013, we had extreme drought, whereas there was enough water for maize to flower this year. This summer therefore promises to provide a record harvest." He explained details about the digestibility of maize grains, crop robustness and soil conditions. "This one here is 'LG 30.233', a variety that already produced great results last year and suits the Münsterländer locations really well", he commented.

The results of various fertilising methods were also interesting for the visitors. AGRAVIS crop farming consultant Stefan Hanebrink explained the successes of the fertilising process to the guests using the root work of some dug-up maize plants. The more specifically the fertiliser and placement is tailored to the requirement, the greater the root work and therefore the stability of the maize plant, explained the summary of the results.

Franz Schulze Eilfing, head of crop farming consultation at AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, believes in a super yield but moderate quality of the total harvest: "10 to 15 percent of the wheat harvest has been harvested in the last 14 days. We are late with the sowing of catch crops in particular. Despite this, you should not drive out with the combine harvesters too early in this wet because this will damage the soil permanently. Farmers should n ow only select catch crops which grow quickly," advises the expert.