Archive Article: 1998/05/15


15 May 1998



Question

I AM trying to work out the seasonal labour requirements for growing forage maize (like that shown in the Farm Management Pocket Book by John Nix for winter cereals). Can you help ?


Responses

John Morgan, Director of Operations, Maize Growers Association



Answer

Unfortunately, there are no exact figures available for seasonal labour requirements for growing forage maize because over 95% of growers tend to use contractors.

However, the labour/machinery requirements for growing the crop are as follows:

April Plough, power harrow cultivate once or twice
April/May Precision drill
May/June Spray once, probably twice, for weed control
Sept/Oct Harvest using a forage harvester and ensile

The costings for these operations are fairly standard and should be available in the John Nix book.

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