Autumn Crop Management - Jim Clark - The Northern Farmer

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A day to find out more about growing maize takes place in Cumbria this month.

The Hutchinsons Northern maize trials demo day is on Thursday 6th September at Smalstown Farm, Longtown, near Carlisle.

It’s a chance to hear from local agronomists and industry experts on 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,” said agronomist Jim Clark.

“At Hutchinsons we recognise the immense value of local trials and regional data,” he said. So, we would really encourage anyone with an interest in maize in Northern England or Southern Scotland to come along.”

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.”

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 showcasing a range of maturities from 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,” said Mr Clark.

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

He pointed out that all of the nutrition and  herbicide  trials were being taken to yield, which would  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 yield means we can really see the effects on starch, dry matter etc.

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