Wait before maize drilling
DONT rush maize drilling is the advice to growers who have been waiting for up to two weeks to plant.
Drilling into wet soil will increase compaction risks, cause seeds to germinate without developing properly, or will slow root development, warns Dalgety.
"Its essential maize plants develop substantial root system to prevent drought any stress during flowering," says grass product manager Brendan Paul.
He points out maize can be drilled any time up to the end of May. Government has applied to the EU for an extension until the end of May for drilling maize crops to qualify for area aid payments.
He says seed rates should not yet be reduced as good plant populations will help maintain yield. *