Newly-approved seed treatment cuts maize losses

Cutting plant losses in extreme disease and weather conditions to less than 10% by using seed treatments means maize growers can gain up to 5.5t/ha more DM silage yield.

French trials revealed Maxim XL from Syngenta cut plant losses to just 10% compared to the nearest competitor fungicide which left just 55-58% of plants standing.

And although producers have been able to use Maxim XL bought-in on imported maize seed, it is only now, following UK approval, Syngenta is able to promote the product.

By minimising seeding pressure and by reducing levels of diseases at the base of the plant, means Maxim XL treated crops are less susceptible to fusarium on the cob. In turn this means reduced risk of mycotoxins forming in the clamp.