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

Case studies

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LAND PREPARATION

How two arable farmers repaired their flood-damaged soils

This year’s unsettled autumn weather has been making fieldwork more difficult than many would have liked, but fears of a repeat of last year’s atrocious conditions have eased. Last November,…

SOILS

How in-depth testing helps Yorks farmer crop variable soils

Farming 18 blocks of land spread over the local area can be a challenge, especially when trying to improve the health of soils that vary widely, from sand to heavy…

MAIZE

How maize is helping grower cut costs and build soil health

Building an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant and doubling the maize area is enabling one Kent grower to tackle blackgrass in problem fields, improve soil health and cut fertiliser costs.  …

SOILS

Mixed farm invests in direct drill for shift to no-till

Hefty spending on a new cereal drill and a robotic milking system demonstrates how one big Shropshire estate is looking to leave farming a in better shape for the next…

SOILS

How a Sussex grower successfully undersows maize with grass

West Sussex grower Frans de Boer is successfully using a low-cost method of undersowing maize with a blend of fescues to enhance soil health, reduce soil erosion and promote organic…

SOILS

Three Canadian farmers reveal their secrets to soil health

Heavy soils, late harvested crops like soya and a yearly rainfall exceeding 1,000mm is the perfect combination for compaction, which is why southern Ontario farmers focus so much on soil…

Practical advice

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FEED AND NUTRITION

5 steps to make the most of maize in feed

Seven out of 10 livestock farmers are concerned about the possibility of tighter availability or higher prices for certain bought-in feeds this winter – based on factors of Covid-19 and…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Pros and cons of growing maize or alternative forages

The freezing spring and summer drought of 2018 were followed by images of unharvested maize, stranded in flooded fields at the back end of 2019. Since then a winter of…

MAIZE

How to control weeds in maize without Calaris

This spring is the first season maize growers will no longer be permitted to use the key herbicide Calaris, but with a greater emphasis on pre-emergence herbicides, growers can still…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

6 tips on managing maize and grassland after flooding

Maize and grassland growers are being advised to test soils following winter floods which have decimated crops. Grassland advisers are warning that low soil indices are likely due to leaching…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Growing maize after a wet season: Challenges and solutions

This year the amount of maize grown is predicted to increase by 20% to combat the shortage in winter cereals being drilled following the wet autumn. Farmers Weekly and crop…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Why new maize seed treatments require extra safety measures

Maize growers switching to alternative bird-repelling seed treatments this spring following the Mesurol ban are being advised to observe extra health precautions when handling seed. Respiratory health warnings accompany the…

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FEED AND NUTRITION

How maize silage analysis can reduce fertiliser spend

German growers are using maize silage crude protein levels to gauge the next year’s fertiliser requirements, resulting in reduced leaching and input costs.   Crude protein levels of 8-8.5% in…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmers may benefit from new way of paying for pesticides

Paying for pesticides and seed based on the yield responses seen in the field could help farmers manage some of the risks of growing crops and trying out new technologies.…

MAIZE

Rain puts pressure on maize with tricky harvest

Prolonged rain has made maize harvesting difficult in recent days, with some suffering with flooding and high rainfall. Maize maturity has already been slowed by rain as green plants have…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How cover crops can help growers get more from digestate

A four-species cover crop mix has proved successful on some farms in capturing the nitrogen from autumn-applied digestate, which is then released for the following crop. Digestate is a valuable…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How N-fixing breakthrough will slash fertiliser use

A specific strain of nitrogen-fixing bacteria, isolated from sugar cane in Brazil and capable of colonising plant roots, is being developed into a technology that could reduce the farming industry’s…

TECHNOLOGY

How French spraying tech can slash herbicide spend by 80%

French kit maker Kuhn is moving into high-tech solutions such as spot-spraying, offering farmers dramatically increased application accuracy and decreased production costs. It is in response to more established competitors bringing…

MAIZE

Why drilling maize deeper and later could be future trend

Drilling maize later and up to depths of 7cm could be a useful strategy in light of two likely seed treatment reviews. Maize growers are preparing in earnest for the…

MAIZE

Pioneering trial assesses drone use in maize agronomy

Remote maize agronomy and crop analysis via drones could have a useful role in the future, a pioneering on-farm trial has concluded. Drones were "another tool in the tool box"…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

A round-up of enhanced urea fertilisers and additives

Enhanced urea fertilisers and urease additives could soon have a greater role on arable farms as the government looks to slash ammonia losses through its Clean Air Strategy. The UK…

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…

Video

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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…

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…

VIDEO: Why does Brazil believe in GM crops?

Brazil is a country with vast agricultural resources and is a net exporter of agricultural and food products. FW’s Business Editor Ian Ashbridge has been on a week’s tour to…

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…