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Maize trials showcase best of varieties and agronomy practices for the North

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Visit the Hutchinsons northern maize trials demo day on Thursday 6th September at Smalstown Farm, Longtown, near Carlisle, to hear from local agronomists and industry experts on the learnings from a wide range of trials on variety performance, nutrition, weed control and the effects of undersowing with cover crops.

“There’s no doubt that there is a renewed interest in maize as many farmers struggle to meet their forage requirements after the dry summer, and as the crop is becoming so much more consistent to grow, so whether you are an established maize grower or looking at growing the crop for the first time, there will be much to take away from our trials day, “ says agronomist Jim Clark.

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“At Hutchinsons we recognise the immense value of local trials and regional data and this is very much the case with regards to  maize than with Cereals or OSR for example - so we would really encourage anyone with an interest in maize in northern England or southern Scotland to come along.”

Kindly hosted by Mr & Mrs R Fisher, there are over 24 varieties on display both under plastic and in the open from all of the main breeders and these showcase a range of early to late maturities.

“It’s been quite clear this year that some varieties have really stood out, so it will be worth discussing these before making decisions about what to grow next year,” adds Mr Clark.

“We have also undersown some plots with cover crops to look at how these perform and the effect on the soils.”

Plots undersown with rye grass

He is keen to point out that all of the nutrition and herbicide trials are being taken to yield which will allow for a real comparison of treated and untreated programmes. “For example, we have tested the effects of a slow release fertilizer such as Endurance against untreated plots and taking this to yield means we can really see the effects on starch, dry matter etc. “

For more information or to book into one of the site tours which will run from 11am-2.30pm, contact your local Hutchinsons agronomist or the Carlisle office on 01228 792977 or email [email protected]