The Maize Growers Association

 

Soil temperatures around the country.

As in the past seed should only be planted when conditions are warm enough. Sufficient warmth is usually determined by monitoring soil temperatures which should hit a minimum of 8C at seed depth for at least seven days before drilling should be considered. Soil temperature is best observed by taking readings at 9 am every morning (the coldest time of day).

For heavy wet soils, where soil temperatures can sometimes fall back in poor weather, a 9 or even 10 degree minimum should be considered.

Seed bed conditions and short term weather forecast should of course also be considered carefully when making drilling date decisions.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Date 22.4.2017 23.4.2017 24.4.2017 25.4.2017 26.4.2017
Crediton 13.5 13 14.8 13.7 13.1
Wellington          
Langport 13 12 12    
Eye Suffolk   11 10.9 10.6  
Holsworthy 12.6 11.9 11.6 10  10.4
N. Norfolk 12.9 11.9 11.7 11.1 10

                                                          

 

 

 

                                                                 

 
 
 

Our Member Benefits

  • MGA Members are given full, unrestricted access to the Resources section on the MGA website
  • On joining the MGA each new member receives a 'starter pack' which includes the MGA's Comprehensive Guide to Growing Maize together with technical articles from the past three months to bring them up to date with seasonal information and advice. This starter pack is followed by the regular mailings, which are sent to members approximately once a month.
  • New members are also given the contact numbers of our agronomists and nutrition consultant, as well as a local MGA contact who is generally an experienced farmer who acts as the first point of contact for members with general queries. 

Farmers growing maize and/or wholecrop may obtain this valuable information by joining the MGA for an annual subscription of £115.00 + VAT

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