Know How / Maize

Whether it is grown for anaerobic digestion, for livestock feed or grain, maize is being grown more widely and is being seen as a valuable addition to rotation. Our maize page aims to help you grow a more profitable crop.

This is your starting point for addressing challenges such as disease and weed control, choosing the right varieties and protecting the environment.

Key areas of focus:

  • Getting establishment right
  • Planning fungicide strategy
  • Keeping on top of weeds
  • Choosing the right varieties for the right market

Advice and tips

FEED AND NUTRITION

How to minimise maize losses as feed supplies tighten

With many livestock farms facing the prospect of grass silage shortages this winter as a result of the drought, farmers are being urged to minimise maize losses. About 20% of…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice on when to cut maize crops in drought

Maize crops that have been stressed by the drought may be saved yet and farmers shouldn’t be too quick to try to cut their losses by harvesting them too early.…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How to get more from your on-farm crop trials

By taking some practical steps to trial design, one researcher believes farmers can improve the robustness of their tramline and split field trials, leading to more informed cropping decisions. In…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Video: How 3 farmers spruced up their spray stores

Having the right spray store set-up will help growers stay on the right side of the law, keep valuable spray stocks safe from criminals and save spray operators a significant…

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Archive

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Maize and root crops look full of potential

Despite my dire predictions of a poor August in which to complete cereal harvest, we were actually finished by mid-month, with the wheat yielding considerably better than anticipated during the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Bumper yields for South African harvest 2017

Harvest of summer crops is in full swing in South Africa. I finished my dry beans and soya beans in April and have about one week to go with the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Maize thieves get delivered to police station

Last month I wrote about the fall armyworm and its invasion into my district.  The pest likes young maize plants but fortunately, it has left my maize and soya crops…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Armyworm pest devastates African maize crops

The fall armyworm, less commonly known as Spodoptera frugiperda, was first detected on the African continent in Nigeria last January. One year on and it has made the 3,700-mile journey…

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Case studies

SOILS

Why soil health is top priority for Sussex estate

A decision to come out of organic farming and the need to solve a soil erosion problem on vulnerable greensand soils combined to bring a complete rethink of the arable…

SOILS

How a US arable farmer doubled his soil organic matter

US farmer Douglas Harford has more than doubled the organic matter content of his soil over his farming lifetime, and his son Chris plans to increase it still further to drive up…

ARABLE

How growing maize improved one farmer’s hungry brash soil

Arable growers who live in a dairy-farming area or near an anaerobic digestion plant could improve soil fertility and protect yields of following crops by adding maize to their rotation.…

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Insights

ARABLE

7 essential arable farming apps

Whether it's looking up the nitrogen requirements for wheat on chalk or helping with the safe use of drones, there is a constant pipeline of smartphone apps promising to make…

ARABLE

How US farmers are tackling pollution in the Gulf of Mexico

Nutrient run-off from agricultural land is being blamed for the vast oceanic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico and farmers have responded by adopting measures more commonly seen in…

SOILS

Expert advice on managing soils better

Soil health has risen to the top of the agenda for the agricultural industry over recent years. At the recent Farmers Weekly Soils in Practice event on a Lincolnshire farm,…

ARABLE

How 'conservation agriculture' can improve soil health

Adopting the fundamental principles of “conservation agriculture” has huge potential for nursing depleted arable soils back to health and correct implementation is key to its success. Conservation agriculture is defined…

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News

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Growers count cost of drought and blackgrass

A lack of rainfall in recent weeks may have helped curb some disease threats such as potato blight in the North, but there are growing concerns on the impact of…

ARABLE

Crop Watch: Bolting beans and drought stress

The large swings in temperature and rainfall in recent weeks are taking their toll. With memories of flooded fields still fresh in the mind, some crops are now showing signs…

MAIZE

Controlling eyespot disease in maize is worth £180/ha

Spraying maize crops with fungicides is essential to control eyespot as the disease becomes more widespread. Neil Groom, technical director at Grainseed, told attendees at the Maize Growers Association conference…

ARABLE

Biopesticides to play a greater role on arable farms

Biopesticides, such as insect-killing bacteria, will play a major role in tackling pests and diseases in the UK’s arable crops in the coming years, believes one expert. Annual approvals of…

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Test and reviews

MACHINERY

Eight of the best slug pelleters on test

We test eight of the best slug pelleters with the help of testing specialist SCS. The test KRM Stocks Techneat Spaldings Logic Bullock Verdict We tested the pelleters with the…

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Video

CROP MANAGEMENT

Video: How 3 farmers spruced up their spray stores

Having the right spray store set-up will help growers stay on the right side of the law, keep valuable spray stocks safe from criminals and save spray operators a significant…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Video: How nozzle choice affects spray quality and efficacy

Selecting the appropriate sprayer nozzle for pre-emergence weed control is an important step in cutting spray drift and maximising the efficacy of the chemicals being applied. There are four key…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Video: How to properly set up a crop sprayer

Crop spraying is one of the most important and highly skilled jobs undertaken on any arable farm, but it is facing increased public scrutiny. This is why it is vital…

ARABLE

Video: How to sample your soil for analysis

The quieter winter months are a prime time to get a snapshot of the state of soils and consider any adjustments to maximise fertility and crop potential. Unlike most other…

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