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Addressing Maize Seed and Treatment Issues for 2021 Crop – British Dairying – Peter Brundle

Many maize seed suppliers are planning to bring stocks of key varieties into the UK earlier than normal to avoid disruption to supplies ...

Many maize seed suppliers are planning to bring stocks of key varieties into the UK earlier than normal to avoid disruption to supplies in the event of a ‘no-deal’ outcome to Brexit negotiations, according to Hutchinsons southern seeds manager Peter Brundle.

Peter Brundle, Hutchinsons southern seeds manager

“Generally, growers start to order seed before Christmas, with the ordering window going right through to the spring, and some waiting until March or April before making a decision.

“Given the uncertainty around Brexit and the growing popularity of maize, growers really should consider ordering earlier this year to secure preferred varieties,” he suggests.

Defra statistics illustrate the rising popularity of maize, showing that over the past five years the UK area haas increased from less than 190,000 ha to around 226,000 ha in 2020.

Whether Maize is being grown for silage to feed livestock, biogas production or grain, the list of varieties is extensive – making selection challenging, says Mr Brundle.

Among the early maturing varieties (FAO 170-191), P7326 was the best-selling Hutchinsons variety in 2020, given its suitability for maritime climates, and flexibility to grow on both less favourable and favourable sites when early harvest is required. Other popular varieties include Prospect, Autens, Ambition, Glory and Agiraxx.

Seed Treatments

Seed treatment is another issue that needs considering. Following the revocation of Mesurol (methiocarb) in 2020, Korit was used extensively last season as an effective bird repellent.

In 2021, Korit (Ziram 420g/l) will be used in conjunction with the fungicide Redigo M (prothioconazole + metalaxyl), by many suppliers.

Trace elements and growth promotion products are also being offered by some suppliers to improve establishment, notes Mr Brundle.

Sonido (thiacloprid) can no longer be used for wireworm control and will be replaced with Force (tefluthrin).

More information on varieties and products is available on our seed page: www.hlhltd.co.uk/products/seed
(Tel: 01526 832771)

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