By planting an early maturing maize crop and harvesting as early as possible, you can help improve soil conditions for future crop development and help protect the surrounding environment.
To preserve one of your farm's most valuable assets; its soil.
Owing to the late harvesting nature of maize often under wet autumn conditions, soils are put at risk from compaction, runoff and erosion. The risk of runoff and erosion from following crops are also increased if these crops are planted late and in wet conditions.
In order to prevent runoff, sheet wash and soil erosion, additional attention is needed on light, freely drained soils such as sandy soils and on slowly drained soils that can lie wet. Both soil types are at a high risk for growing forage maize. Here the risks include:
Measures for dealing with soil erosion caused by water for forage maize.
On high risk land choose early maturing varieties to enable an early harvest.
The Maize Growers Association is an independent, subscription based organisation, which aims to be
the foremost provider of information on maize and whole-crop silage production. Further
information about the MGA can be found on the MGA website www.maizegrowersassociation.co.uk
Over 15 years ago, the Maize Growers Association (MGA) recognised the negative impact that
inappropriate maize growing can have on the opportunities for farmers keen to make the most of
this excellent crop, and for this reason have offered free advice and information to any grower,
whether they are MGA members or not on the environment sustainability of their maize growing.
Farmers keen to take up this ongoing offer need only contact the MGA Office or enquire via the
MGA web site.
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