The UK maize area continues to increase and for 2020 it was estimated to be more than 200,000 ha. Cropping has increased across all maize-growing regions throughout the country, and the South West and West Midlands regions now account for more than half of the total area.
Livestock producers appreciate the value of high dry matter yields of high feed-value forage.
The crop is an important feedstock in biogas production and the benefits of including maize as a break in arable rotations are widely recognised, particularly as blackgrass control becomes an increasing problem.
"A good crop of maize is a cheap crop, whilst a poor crop of maize is very expensive indeed"
To achieve the best results it is important to plan ahead and attention to detail at every step of the way pays dividends.
A good crop of maize is a cheap crop, whilst a poor crop of maize is very expensive indeed.
With the value of varieties such as Prospect topping £10,000/ha (covered later in the guide), it is worth giving careful consideration to agronomy, inputs, harvesting and ensiling.
The Wynnstay team of experienced and knowledgeable specialists off er 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.