Maize harvest faster in good weather

Close to 50,000 tonnes of grain maize will be picked around Gisborne, Wairoa and East Coast this season.

Close to 50,000 tonnes of grain maize will be picked around Gisborne, Wairoa and East Coast this season.

DISTRICT maize harvesters are rapt with how their season is going and, thanks to the dry weather, the maize is drying out for harvest quicker than usual for this time of year.

It is estimated 50,000 tonnes of grain maize will be picked around Gisborne, Wairoa and East Coast this season.

“It has been a very easy season so far for the harvesting of maize,” said Dave Corrin from Glencore Grain.

“The dry weather, the warm temperatures and the wind allows the moisture levels in the maize to drop more quickly, which allows the harvest to happen quicker.”

It was estimated the regional harvest was about 60 percent through at this stage.

“We will be picking into July but hopefully not too late in July, because as we know the weather will change,” Mr Corrin said.

Average to above-average yields

“The yields have been average to slightly above so far and the maize quality is good, again, thanks to the weather.”

Glencore was harvesting around Wairoa, with a bit about Tolaga Bay as well, he said.

Corson Grain procurement manager Richard Hyland echoed his comments.

“We are also having a good run with the weather, not just with low moisture levels in the maize but also with excellent harvesting conditions.

“The ground is nice and dry and that is helping considerably.”

Mr Hyland anticipated Corson Grain’s harvest would conclude some time in mid to late June.

Pioneer Seeds have completed their seed maize harvest season.

“We had some variability in the season caused mainly by difficult spring conditions,” said seed production manager Phil Evans.

“The seed crops have been a little less than budget this year but we have had good weather to finish off our season. The seed quality has been very good.”

DISTRICT maize harvesters are rapt with how their season is going and, thanks to the dry weather, the maize is drying out for harvest quicker than usual for this time of year.

It is estimated 50,000 tonnes of grain maize will be picked around Gisborne, Wairoa and East Coast this season.

“It has been a very easy season so far for the harvesting of maize,” said Dave Corrin from Glencore Grain.

“The dry weather, the warm temperatures and the wind allows the moisture levels in the maize to drop more quickly, which allows the harvest to happen quicker.”

It was estimated the regional harvest was about 60 percent through at this stage.

“We will be picking into July but hopefully not too late in July, because as we know the weather will change,” Mr Corrin said.

Average to above-average yields

“The yields have been average to slightly above so far and the maize quality is good, again, thanks to the weather.”

Glencore was harvesting around Wairoa, with a bit about Tolaga Bay as well, he said.

Corson Grain procurement manager Richard Hyland echoed his comments.

“We are also having a good run with the weather, not just with low moisture levels in the maize but also with excellent harvesting conditions.

“The ground is nice and dry and that is helping considerably.”

Mr Hyland anticipated Corson Grain’s harvest would conclude some time in mid to late June.

Pioneer Seeds have completed their seed maize harvest season.

“We had some variability in the season caused mainly by difficult spring conditions,” said seed production manager Phil Evans.

“The seed crops have been a little less than budget this year but we have had good weather to finish off our season. The seed quality has been very good.”

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