The annual Hutchinsons northern maize trials demonstration day on Wednesday, September 11, at Smalmstown Farm, Longtown, near Carlisle, provides the chance to hear from a range of industry experts on how to improve the maize production, based on local trials.
“Maize continues to be an increasingly popular crop as it becomes 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 local agronomist Jim Clark.
Kindly hosted by Mr & Mrs R Fisher, demonstrations will focus on new and established maize varieties, the most effective weed control and nutrition strategies, to looking at how under sown rye-grass can improve soil condition.
There are over 17 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,” said Mr Clark.
“What will be interesting are the trials that Hutchinsons have established looking at the effects of under sowing rye-grass as a means of preventing soil erosion. We have both trials plots and a full tramline demo to view.”
Mr Clark pointed out that all of the nutrition and herbicide trials were being taken to yield to calculate starch and dry matter which will demonstrate a real comparison of treated and untreated programmes.
“At Hutchinsons we recognise the immense value of local trials and regional data – and more so with maize than many other crops- so we would welcome growers with an interest in maize in northern England or southern Scotland to come along.”
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]