Is It Time To Ban Maize


Bury St Edmunds
I hope you have a handy Nuclear grade bomb shelter :)
if I can join you, I am rather tempted to agree.
I posted many years ago that silage maize was asking for a lot of problems in a wet back end. Certainly it should not be grown on a land with any degree of slope.
of course contour growing would help.
It would certainly cause a lot of problems for the AD plants.


West mids
Incredible thing to say. Perhaps its time to start pushing more early maturing variety's and getting the crop off in (hopefully) drier conditions, inter row seeding, planting a crop right behind the harvester and trying to limit damage within the harvest process etc. But if this is open for debate for a 'ban' why don't you include all roots in the title and we will all sit back and watch a Sunday blood bath unfold :oops:

The UK is a wet climate. We all know it's going to be colder, wetter, hotter and windier at times.

Stop moaning and get on with the job.

Rather than pulling agriculture to bits .. ask pertinent questions about why our dear Environment Agency hasn't been recycling waste correctly .. including plastic burnt & thrown in the sea.

Tax payers pay about £2000 per household in council tax for what amounts to a fortnightly bin collection - for which they can be fined as well - hold these idiots to account.

Same for sewerage .. why are resources not recycled.

Same for water - why are human turds floating in flood water ? why are flood defences not in existence but £6 million for wading birds is just fine and dandy.

Why do we have planning laws which inhibit green houses but whole valleys in Spain & Portugal are full of glass & plastic - for the goods to be imported into the UK.


Bury St Edmunds
It is a situation which is asking for trouble. Roots will also be an issue ,but we do have to eat, which cannot be said of the majority of Maize growing going into AD plants.
Maize was mooted and heavily promoted in the 60's . In 1968 we had locally crops being harvested using Moxeys to get it off the fields as nothing else could. This killed the crop for several years except for a few growers on very light land.
I agree that it is an excellent feed and break crop and would be a terrible shame if it was banned, but growers are going to have to refine techniques to banish the damage to the subsoil and run off of the top soil

som farmer

Livestock Farmer
maize is an excellent forage crop
but, it is expensive to grow, seriously damages soil structure, drives locals mad, if wet at harvesting
the biggest problem is we grow maize on slopes, which leads to soil erosion etc.
Add to that, by spreading shite on the field, with ascotiated ruts, mess, you can see why people want to ban it.
the next problem will be the decreasing options of chemicals to use. And the dreaded carbon foot print is not good

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