Maize silage has been shown to be one of, if not the, best agricultural feedstocks for biogas production.  When mixed with other organic wastes or used alone maize based biogas production has proved to be economic across Europe.  MGA Biogas related information aims to provide growers with biogas specific advice on variety choice, agronomy and digestate recycling.


Resources: Biogas

Drilling and Pre-Em Herbicides

Monday, March 22, 2021

N Predictor Form

Monday, March 22, 2021

Alternatives to Forage Maize

Monday, February 15, 2021

Maize Strip Till Case Study

Monday, February 15, 2021

Seed Dressing Trial Summary

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Post Harvest Losses

Monday, October 19, 2020

Cover Cropping and Seed Rates

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Post Harvest Field Management

Friday, August 7, 2020

Maize at Different Stages

Friday, June 26, 2020

Simon's latest article on the next step for maize crops around the country that, at present, are at a variety of stages due to the weather pattern seen so far this year.

Frosted Maize

Thursday, May 14, 2020

An article on the effects of frost on maize.

Maize Undersowing

Monday, May 11, 2020

Nutrient Planning

Monday, May 11, 2020

Introduction to 2020 Trials

Monday, May 11, 2020

Weed Control for 2020 Season

Monday, May 11, 2020

Growing Maize Right

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

An article from John Morgan on best practice maize drilling for 2020.

Drilling 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Simon Draper's latest article on things to think about for the upcoming drilling season. 

MGA Conference Review

Friday, March 13, 2020

Review of the 2020 Conference by John Morgan. Presentations are under 'Resources'. For more info, contact the office.

2019 MGA Trials Results Review

Friday, March 13, 2020

Review of the 2019 MGA Trials with key points by Sarah. For more information, get in touch with the office.

A role for Agriculture in achieving UK’s ‘Net Zero’ Ambitions?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Paper from one of our 'Blue Sky Thinkers' Jem Woods at our MGA 2020 Conference on 6th February.

Maize Crop Harvest

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Presentation from MGA Chairman, John Jackson, on his experience of harvest this year and what can be learned from this. Introduction to the MGA Conference 2020 on 6th February.

Late Harvested Maize

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mike Wilkinson's January article on things to look out for in late-harvested maize.

Seed Dressings Going into 2020

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A paper by Simon on the seed dressings available for 2020 drilling and a prediction as to what options there may be going forward

Conference Invite

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

2020 Conference invite and booking information

Danish Research Original

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The original Danish research paper used in John's research review in the mid-December mailing.

Things to Think About for Next Year

Monday, September 30, 2019

Simon's report on things that the grower should be thinking about once harvest is over ready for next year.

Trials Breakfast Review

Monday, September 30, 2019

A review by Sarah of the open breakfast in Norfolk in August.

European Maize Meeting Review

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sarah's report on this year's European Maize Meeting held in Nottingham at the beginning of September. If you have any questions, or would like to request copies of the papers presented, please email or phone the office.

Case Study: Stephen Temple

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Case study of council member Stephen Temple in Norfolk focusing on his conversion to Conservation Agriculture.

Determining Dry Matter Content

Thursday, July 25, 2019

A technical note from Sarah detailing methods of determining DM in the run up to harvest

Effects of Weather on Maize Yield

Thursday, July 25, 2019

A technical article from Mike Wilkinson on the effects of different weather patterns on maize yield

Maize Eyespot

Friday, June 14, 2019

A technical note from Simon explaining how to manage maize eyespot

Forage Cost Comparison Table

Friday, June 14, 2019

The cost comparison table has been updated for 2019

Post-Harvest Cover or Catch Crops

Friday, June 14, 2019

A technical note from John on choosing and implementing cover crops

Silage Additives

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Some background from Mike Wilkinson on the use of silage additives


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A note from John Morgan on undersowing

Nitrogen Predictor Form

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Our N Predictor Data Entry Form has had a revamp - hopefully it is a little more user-friendly and now allows for more options when recording organic nitrogen that has previously been applied.

Please print off or fill in a copy and post or email to Sarah in the office; we will aim to respond to you quickly as we can.

Urease Inhibitors Factsheet

Friday, March 29, 2019

Placed Phosphate

Friday, March 29, 2019

How and Why We Farm the Way We Do Conference Paper 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Take a look at how Gavin Davies of Stowell Farms manages his dairy, sheep, arable and AD enterprises and how maize fits in with each.

Navigating Brexit Conference Paper 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Have a read of the NFU's actions and outlook with regards to Brexit and find out what it all means for farmers with Tori Morgan's presentation.

European maize meeting report

Thursday, November 1, 2018

In early September John Morgan and Simon Draper attended the European Maize Meeting (EMM), this year held in Belgium, on behalf of the MGA.  The meeting, hosted jointly by the Belgian maize  organisations, Uclouvain and CIPF, was held in Gembloux, approximately 50 km south east of Brussels and as in the past consisted of three elements.

 A classroom-based session when the Status of the Maize Crop in different countries was outlined by our hosts.

 This year’s chosen subject was Undersowing and the Impact of Undersowing on Nutrient and Soil retention.

Moving silage

Thursday, November 1, 2018


In his latest Technical Note for MGA members, Mike Wilkinson outlines procedures for moving silage from one place to another prior to use.  Mike can be contacted via the MGA office.

 Silage is in short supply and may have to be moved from one site to another before use. The material may have been stored in a bunker or temporary unwalled heap (field clamp or pile) some distance from place of use because existing silo capacity was inadequate, or because insufficient silage was made on site to meet demand.

Costs of production

Monday, August 20, 2018

The latest in the Costs of Forage Production series is based on average yields and quality.  Costs of production are assume contractors undertaking establishment and annual management tasks with crop nutrients being supplied by straight inorganic (bagged) fertiliser.  No feed out costs or waste are included. 


Westerwolds offer a real opportunity

Monday, August 20, 2018

The hot, dry conditions have hit/ obliterated most second and third cut silages, as well as impacting on many maize crops, to the point that many growers are currently short of grazed grass as well as being down on forage stocks for the winter.  The likely early harvest of maize this autumn and recent rain does offer some opportunities to fill the forage gaps, as do extending grazing in the autumn and hopefully next spring. 

Maize Heat units 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Data received from MGA corporate members Grainseed ltd this week makes fascinating reading.  Using metrological office data, the team have completed Maize Heat Unit (MHU) calculations for different regions of the country, which along with sunshine and rainfall data the MHU data goes a long way to explain the huge variation in maize crops across the country.

Maize heat units attempt to quantify the “useful growing units” for maize and are based on average daily temperatures (minus 6 degrees) for each month.  The 2018 MHU’s, sunshine and rainfall data have been compared with the 30 year averages.

Droughted maize - Don't panic yet

Wednesday, July 11, 2018