Strip till Maize

Scott F

New Member
Hi
I'm thinking of strip tilling maize this year with are mzuri drill some of it will be into grass that's been cut and some into stubble. Any advice or tips would be helpful? Thanks
 

Brisel

Member
Location
Dorset
I think the MGA did some trials on using non precision drills for maize. I'm not a member so can't see their data.
 

Andy12345

Member
Location
Somerset
Hi
I'm thinking of strip tilling maize this year with are mzuri drill some of it will be into grass that's been cut and some into stubble. Any advice or tips would be helpful? Thanks
We trialed ( I say we ,mean where I work) it was an absolute disaster compared to the normal plough cultivate drill scenario.
 

HarryB97

Member
Used a Claydon Hybrid to compare against a one pass cultivator, power harrow then precision drill. Not sure what the yield difference was as it was drilled for a neighbour but the plants looked near enough identical apart from the narrower row spacing.
 

Dave b

Member
Location
Somerset
I did mine last year and it was great. Just drop the coulter pressure to 50-60 and no faster than 10k. Set gps at 3.33m if you’re on a 3m drill. Don’t drill too early
 

Spencer

Member
Location
North West
Did all ours with Mzuri this year... did well! Pheasants enjoying it just the same as when it was ploughed, PH & precision drilled... :unsure:
 

Scott F

New Member
@Scott F did you end up strip tilling your maize? How did it go? Yield difference?
Was a learning curve! Some did really well and some was patchy, had issues with fert blocking in pipes which I found later was a lump in the distribution head blocking holes.
Did some into over wintered stubble on a new block of ground which had baked before we drilled it so was slow to start but ended up being a good crop, did some into Italian rye grass which had been cut then sprayed off but had issues with grass regrowing so think I will spray off after drilling this time to give it longer to regrow. This was the worst yielding fields but I dont think the drills fault.
Only other issue I had was into ley ground I found the single shoot coulters left a fair slot which the press wheel struggled to close I was on the wide press wheels so dont know if narrow would of been better or to use the double shoot coulter for grass ground?
Hoping to do all my maize this year with it into a mixture of cover crops/grass leys/stubbles
 
why drill the headlands at all...?

strip and direct drill all you like but it wont warm the soil up any faster in the spring and it wont stop the potential damage and mess of a late harvested crop in what is a quite often a wet time of year.
 

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138: Special episode: Covid-19 impact on the Potato sector

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In this special issue of the Potatoes Podcast we will discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the Potato Markets. A fresh update on how Covid-19 has resulted in an increased demand on the retail market, while the chipping market has suffered the hardest hit. The uncertainty of the current situation will force businesses to...
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