This year the amount of maize grown is predicted to increase by 20% to combat the shortage in winter cereals being drilled following the wet autumn.

Farmers Weekly and crop specialist Hutchinson’s organised a roundtable meeting with growers and experts to discuss the challenges and solutions of growing maize following difficult growing conditions last year. 

1. Variety selection

Challenges

See also: 6-step guide to successful maize establishment

Solutions

2. Preventing soil erosion

Challenges

Solutions

3. Establishment – drying out fields and dealing with compaction

Challenges

Solutions

4. Establishment – replacing nutrients

Challenges

Solutions

See also: AHDB nutrient management guide

5. Establishment – weeds and pests

Challenges

Solutions