15 May 1998
Labour needed for forage maize
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 ?
John Morgan, Director of Operations, Maize Growers Association
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|
|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.