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 4.5.2018 5.5.2018 6.5.2018 7.5.2018 8.5.2018
Crediton 14.8   16.8 17.3  
Eye Suffolk 9        
Holsworthy 11.6 11.8 12.3 13.5  
N. Norfolk 10 11 11.4 12.6 13.2

                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                          

 

 

 

                                                                 

 
 
 

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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