Maize is more water efficient and stores more carbon than many other crops. Maize is also an excellent target crop for the efficient use of organic manures Such positives must be balanced with the soil structure, nutrient overload and biodiversity challenges associated with the crop. The MGA environment publications, being free to all, attempt to inform growers of the positives and potential negatives of growing maize and other wholecrop forages.


Resources: Environment

Organic Maize growing guide

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The MGA have produced an Organic maize growers guide.  There are several members successfully growing maize organically.

Starlings/Winter Feed Presentation - Steve Turner

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Vet Steve Turner reviewed the practical and financial impact of starling infestations at the recent MGA Birds and Maize Meeting held in Somerset. 


Birds and Maize meeting Paddy Gordon

Monday, November 7, 2011

Paddy Gordons, Vet with the Shepton Vet Group, presentation to the Birds and Maize meeting November 2011

The Economics of Maize under plastic

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

John Morgan reviews the current economics of maize grown under plastic.  He looks at research work done in Ireland and Northern Ireland and compares the costs and benefits of maize with and without plastic.

Harvesting maize in wet conditions.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Simon Draper advises members on how to safely harvest maize in wet conditions and prevent soil erosion and run off.

Maize Under Plastic -

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

John Morgans presentation at Marginal Maize Meeting, 20/9/2011

2011 Maize Variety Booklet/List

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Guidance on variety choice including MGA Variety selector.

MGA Harvest Guide 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

An updated guide to maize harvesting in 2011  Includes: Dry matter at harvest, chop length, additives, salt, filling and sheeting the pit, post harvest cultivations, mycotoxins and control of eyespot, biogas maize, grain maize and corn cob mix.

MGA Conference Papers 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Full copy of the 2011 MGA conference held at Harper Adams University College in February 2011

  • Crimped maize grain for finishing beef cattle - Simon Marsh
  • Grain maize opportunities - Alistair House
  • MGA Research results - Simon Draper - Cultivation, starter fertiliser, drilling dates,seed size and dressings, variety type, slurry, nitrogen, foliar feeds, herbicides, pastic
  • Maize growing in Germany
  • Anaerobic digestion on my farm - Stephen Temple


Rat Problems in Maize

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Members will we hope, remember a recent request to take part on what is thought to be the first ever national study focusing on rat problems associated with maize. The study coordinated via BASF Pest Control Solutions has come up with both expected and surprising conclusions. 

Maize stubble and runoff problems

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Richard Smith from the Environment Agency gives us important advice on preventing runoff from maize stubbles.

Climate change, what effect for farmers?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Following a Defra stakeholder meeting David Munday reports on the effects of climate change.

The MGA N Predictor explained

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

John Morgan explains the reasoning behind the N predictor.

Top tips for after harvest field management

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Advice from Simon on post harvest cultivations.

Minimising Soil Management problems

Friday, March 31, 2006

Professor Gordon Spoor discusses how to achieve suitable soil structure and condition for maize.

Rotary Band Maize drilling

Friday, December 23, 2005

Update on the rotary band maize drill

Undersowing maize

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

GENERAL - Ammonia Emissions

Friday, June 1, 2001

Implications for how we use slurry from ADAS Bridgets