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Welcome to our maize growing guide
Recent market research suggests the popularity of early maize varieties continues to increase. This is no doubt driven by the desire to harvest earlier, during more favourable weather conditions, and also to allow more time to successfully establish the following crop to avoid fields standing bare over winter. And due to the efforts of plant breeders, the early varieties continue to improve. The earliest varieties with a maturity of FAO160 and below have historically been associated with a significant yield penalty, but this is changing.
When the feed price is high, the feed value of maize becomes even more important. Growing costs are broadly similar for most varieties, but there are large differences in ME yield/ha, which influences the cost of production of each MJ of ME. Varieties with high DM yield, high starch and high cell wall digestibility, deliver the highest ME yields.
The Wynnstay team of experienced and knowledgeable specialists offer advice on all aspects of maize crop production. From choosing the field and variety selection, to crop nutrition and weed control, to dietary and rationing advice, our technical team have got it covered.
Discover our range of helpful articles on every aspect of maize growing, written by Wynnstay specialist and guest writers from some of the country's leading providers. Click here to view more.