Navigating the maize

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Maize is an appealing alternative break crop, especially with the expanding anaerobic digestion market, but just driving for yield can mean missing important management and agronomy. CPM explores how to manage it for the best returns. Getting variety maturity class wrong can have massive implications. By Melanie Jenkins Often grown by arable farmers as a break crop, maize provides a viable alternative to oilseed rape or sugar beet. It has several market opportunities, including as forage for livestock farmers, maize for grain or as a feedstock for anaerobic digestion (AD). A greater focus on management could bolster the return on investment, believes Jonathan Payne, seed specialist at Nickerson Seeds. “Maize provides an alternative to cereals and an opportunity to help fight blackgrass due to its spring drilling date. It’s a viable crop in its own right, and there’s been a sharp increase in the area grown in recent years.” The crop is certainly a financially viable option as it’s less reliant on pesticides than other crops, he adds. “As long as you do it right, maize is a lot more secure and lower risk than some of its alternatives. “Unfortunately, sometimes maize can get a bad reputation. But…
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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...