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    maize

    has anyone started to cut yet,

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    Re: maize

    about 130 acres done so far, some heavy crops about, grain is fit but plant wouldn't hurt to wait another week

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    Re: maize

    lots being cut about here for ad plants

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slim shiny View Post
    lots being cut about here for ad plants
    dont get me started on them bloody things

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    Re: maize

    Quote Originally Posted by vinnie123 View Post
    dont get me started on them bloody things
    You don't like them things vinnie?

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    Re: maize

    I've put the maize header on this morning to take a sample.


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    Re: maize

    thats a nice old machine,and still going

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    We don't use it in anger, just more for my collector's corner, but have to keep cob webs out of it. I was just taking a sample so we know when to send for the big lads to come with their chopper.



    (Thanks to Paul S for taking the video.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wellington53 View Post
    You don't like them things vinnie?
    just put all the diesel used to produce the feed product and dispose of digestate in a generator and you would be no worse off enviromentally imo.

    also a/d plants in livestock areas put a bottom line on what would otherwise be a fluctuating fodder market and also taking out good fodder producing land for GREEN ENERGY

    dont get me wrong they are financially good businesses, guaranteed government payment per unit for xxx years...........but really.......GREEN ENERGY I DONT THINK SO

    best thing the government can chuck our hard earned taxes at is nuclear power

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    And they put a bottom in the let land market that excludeds conventional farmers, this will be looked back on as madness. I'm sure I heard that for every unit as energy they produce they waste two as heat, they should not be allowed unless they can use at least a proportion of the heat, IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF View Post
    We don't use it in anger, just more for my collector's corner, but have to keep cob webs out of it. I was just taking a sample so we know when to send for the big lads to come with their chopper.



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    good vid, for a old machine it moves on well.

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    Re: maize

    Quote Originally Posted by kipper View Post


    whats the significance of the chopper colours?? 100,000??

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    Re: maize

    100 years.

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    Ok, so you have a fairly modern Claas forager but still with the kemper header on the front. Several years ago my boss explained that the Claas header of the day was rubbish and so we had a kemper, too. Is the Orbis any better now?? I thought the Orbis was better as no slip clutches?

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    must be some money in dairy at the moment, all our maize was sold standing £450 an acre, bloke who bought it came and nipped it off today, Yeovil link road to Honiton.. must be a 50 mile round trip///...... all manner of trailers parked up.... bout 70 acres...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Vern View Post
    must be some money in dairy at the moment, all our maize was sold standing £450 an acre, bloke who bought it came and nipped it off today, Yeovil link road to Honiton.. must be a 50 mile round trip///...... all manner of trailers parked up.... bout 70 acres...
    might not be that ridiculous

    £450/ acre

    forager-buckrake £50/acre

    2 load/acre-20 ton for arguments sake-2 tractor/trailers-1 hr each way 4hrs@35/hr £140/acre

    TOTAL= £640

    with round bale silage making£28-£30/bale in dorset last week maize in the pit @£32/ton is not dear

    p.s. standing maize topped £600+ in same fodder auction.

    best thing you could have done with your maize is chucked it in your own pit and sold in january

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnie123 View Post
    might not be that ridiculous

    £450/ acre

    forager-buckrake £50/acre

    2 load/acre-20 ton for arguments sake-2 tractor/trailers-1 hr each way 4hrs@35/hr £140/acre

    TOTAL= £640

    with round bale silage making£28-£30/bale in dorset last week maize in the pit @£32/ton is not dear

    p.s. standing maize topped £600+ in same fodder auction.

    best thing you could have done with your maize is chucked it in your own pit and sold in january

    I have heard of some good standing maize that made £600/acre and whether it is true or not but grapevine said some somewhere in the locality went for £750/acre!!!

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    Lets slow things down abit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnie123 View Post
    might not be that ridiculous

    £450/ acre

    forager-buckrake £50/acre

    2 load/acre-20 ton for arguments sake-2 tractor/trailers-1 hr each way 4hrs@35/hr £140/acre

    TOTAL= £640

    with round bale silage making£28-£30/bale in dorset last week maize in the pit @£32/ton is not dear

    p.s. standing maize topped £600+ in same fodder auction.

    best thing you could have done with your maize is chucked it in your own pit and sold in january
    we did the best thing selling it !!! nice early entry for wheat fields in good repair (ish) , we aint payed to harvest it.. and we wont have owt that needs to eat it over the winter, im sure some one would (maybe) have wanted it in jan but who can tell, it was sold when the buyer came to look at some stock, perhaps we could of hung on and got some more for it but the guv is happy with monies received, the chaps paid already by all accounts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Vern View Post
    we did the best thing selling it !!! nice early entry for wheat fields in good repair (ish) , we aint payed to harvest it.. and we wont have owt that needs to eat it over the winter, im sure some one would (maybe) have wanted it in jan but who can tell, it was sold when the buyer came to look at some stock, perhaps we could of hung on and got some more for it but the guv is happy with monies received, the chaps paid already by all accounts
    Ah but a good dairy farmer will take your £600/acre of maize and use it to make rather more money than that per acre!!

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    Re: maize

    Just wondered, are farmers in the UK still allowed to make a pile of silage on bare ground, just that we used to do it back in the 80's-90's.



    Edit; I think I've just seen my answer in the Livestock thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwork4menow View Post
    Ah but a good dairy farmer will take your £600/acre of maize and use it to make rather more money than that per acre!!
    am intrigued whats he gonna do with it to make more that 600 an acre, hes payed that so has to make it back so he has to make 600 plus or hes stood still???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Vern View Post
    am intrigued whats he gonna do with it to make more that 600 an acre, hes payed that so has to make it back so he has to make 600 plus or hes stood still???
    The bloke didn't pay 600 an acre, he payed 450 an acre, 30 quid a ton or so, cheap feed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wellington53 View Post
    The bloke didn't pay 600 an acre, he payed 450 an acre, 30 quid a ton or so, cheap feed.
    he payed for the maize and the costs to get it home ?? some one else has said it probably cost him £600 ?? my question i think was how does he make more than £600 an acre on it or is that where the cheap feed comes in ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Vern View Post
    my question i think was how does he make more than £600 an acre on it or is that where the cheap feed comes in ??
    He won't be bothered about how to recuperate £600 an acre or so. All he's bothered about is keeping the bulk tank full. If you do the sums though, he should have got around a thousand tons of silage, feeding 40 pounds a head which would be about 70 pence per head per day. Thoughts?

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    done a sum 70 acs @ £450 == £31,500 plus chopping and hauling thick end of £40 - £45K that's a lot of money when you write it down... although I suppose in the grand scheme of things its not.. he thinks about the big milk cheque...
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    Re: maize

    maize silage was being sold for £600 an acre plus harvesting in N.Ireland in 2005 never mind 2013!

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    Re: maize

    I should have (all being well) 500 ton of maize spare this year is it best to sit on it till jan then? whats it worth in deepest darkest winter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybob View Post
    I should have 500 ton(all being well) whats it worth in deepest darkest winter?
    who knows, long way off yet.

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