Growing fodder crops is an increasingly good way of cutting the production costs on farms. At DLF we understand that each farm has its own requirements, so we provide a wide variety of fodder crops.
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The open sown market is increasing year on year, and this demonstrates the confidence that farmers now have in using this approach.With the marked shift away from plastic for environmental and sustainability reasons and along with the significant improvements in open sown varieties, farmers have a very real choice in considering open sown maize. At DLF we are trialing new varieties every year, searching for the most consistent open sown varieties with all the key characteristics the grower needs.
There is very little required of the grower in terms of crop husbandry between open and covered sowing other than using a film at sowing. Fertiliser and chemical rates are very similar, but timings may differ slightly.
On a suitable site, open sown maize is proven to deliver on fresh weight/ dry matter yield and starch. Site selection is important when open sown is being considered as site aspect, elevation and soil type will potentially have a bigger effect on crop performance if an unfavorable growing year occurs.
For open sown maize it is prudent to wait for a soil temperature of 10oC for optimum establishment.