Grain maize is a relatively new crop for the UK’s
arable and mixed farmers but, according to John
Morgan of the Maize Growers Association (MGA), it
offers some exciting financial and environmental benefits.
“Farmers who want to find out more about
grain maize production should come along to the free
harvesting and crimping meeting on 15 November,” he
The event, run by MGA and organised by ADAS,
will begin at the Clyst St Mary Village Hall at 10.30am
before moving to the Catchment Sensitive Farming Grain
Maize Demonstration site close to junction 29 of the M5 near Exeter for the live
harvesting and crimping demonstration later in the day.
Speakers from the Maize
Growers Association will discuss harvest machinery selection
and, in particular, the use of tracked and low ground pressure equipment and
low compaction management when moving grain to headland trailers. Other topics
will include, how to recognise target maize maturity, post grain treatment, maize
grain drying and post harvest cultivations.
“Grain maize production offers
arable and mixed farmers the option of a very profitable
crop that spreads annual workload and extends the working
season of arable machinery,” adds Mr Morgan “However
late harvested crops like maize do present some environmental
challenges if soil erosion and run-off is to be avoided,” he
This event will be the fourth in a series of five
planned for the current cropping year.
For further details
or to book a place at the event, please contact ADAS on
08456 023864 or email email@example.com
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